5th Infantry Regiment, US Army

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5TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the 5th Infantry Regiment, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Argent on a fess Gules between seven muzzle-loading cannons Sable and arrow Or; all within a bordure gyronny of eight Vert and Gules alternating with gyrons of the field.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors an arm, in armor enbowed grasping in a mailed hand Proper nine arrows Sable armed and flitted Gules.
Motto: "I'LL TRY, SIR."

Origin/meaning

The shield is white (Argent) the color of infantry facings when the regiment was organized.
The red fess with arrow commemorates the battle of Tippecanoe; the seven cannons captured there show the battle of Lundy's Lane; while the border of green, white and red is for the Mexican War.
The crest is a modification of the crest of General Nelson A. Miles who led the regiment in several notable Indian engagements.
His crest is an arm in armor grasping an anchor; 9 arrows, one for each Indian campaign, is substituted for the anchor in the regimental crest.
The coat of arms was originally approved on 1921-05-27. It was amended to change the motto and history on 1922-06-29.


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