116th Field Artillery Regiment, Florida Army National Guard

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116TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, FLORIDA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Coat of arms (crest) of the 116th Field Artillery Regiment, Florida Army National Guard

Official blazon

Shield: Gules, a fess Azure fimbriated Argent, in chief a disc parti per pale of the first (Gules) and of the second (Azure) fimbriated of the third (Argent) and charged with two conventionalized D’s back to back of the like (Argent) (a simulation of the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 31st Division) and in base a fleur-de-lis also of the last (Argent).
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Florida Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules, an alligator statant Proper.
Motto: VESTIGIA NULLA RETRORSUM (There Is No Going Back).

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a fess Azure fimbriated Argent, in chief a disc parti per pale of the first (Gules) and of the second (Azure) fimbriated of the third (Argent) and charged with two conventionalized D’s back to back of the like (Argent) (a simulation of the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 31st Division) and in base a fleur-de-lis also of the last (Argent). Attached below and to the sides of the shield, a Silver scroll inscribed “VESTIGIA NULLA RETRORSUM” in Blue letters.

Origin/meaning

The shield is red for Artillery – the blue fess indicates the Federal service in 1898. The charge in the chief of the shield is a modified form of the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 31st Division, the two-colored parting indicating the service in the 31st Division on two sides of the world. The fleur-de-lis indicates the service in France.

The coat of arms was originally approved for the 116th Field Artillery Regiment on 14 April 1925. It was amended to correct the blazon of the shield on 20 April 1925. It was redesignated for the 116th Field Artillery Battalion on 9 October 1942. It was redesignated for the 116th Artillery Regiment on 7 July 1960. The insignia was redesignated for the 116th Field Artillery Regiment on 31 July 1972. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 116th Field Artillery Regiment on 14 April 1925. It was amended to correct the description on 20 April 1925. It was redesignated for the 116th Field Artillery Battalion on 13 October 1942. It was redesignated for the 116th Artillery Regiment on 7 July 1960. The insignia was redesignated for the 116th Field Artillery Regiment on 31 July 1972.



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