442nd Infantry Regiment, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Per bend Argent and Azure, in chief a taro leaf Proper, in base a Mississippi River steam boat of the first.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Azure, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor) stands on the common in Lexington. Massachusetts.
Motto: Go for broke (To give your all)

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of the shield and motto of the coat of arms.


Blue and white are used for Infantry. The taro leaf, from the coat of arms of the 100th Infantry Battalion, is identified with Hawaii and the Mississippi River steam boat symbolizes the place of activation of the 442d Infantry Regiment.

The Coat of Arms and Distictive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 442d Infantry Regiment, Organized Reserves Corps (Hawaii) on 22 May 1952. They was amended to withdraw "Organized Reserves Corps" from the designation and to delete the Organized Reserves Corps' crest from the coat of arms on 30 Jun 1959

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Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from the Institute of Heraldry, US Army.