120th Infantry Regiment, North Carolina Army National Guard
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120TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, NORTH CAROLINA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Azure, in pale a prickly pear cactus and the entrance to the canal tunnel over the St. Quentin Canal erased Or.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Or and Azure, a hornet's nest hanging from a bough beset with thirteen hornets all Proper.
Motto: VIRTUS INCENDIT VIRES (Virtues Kindles Strength).
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Gold metal and enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall, consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, in pale a prickly pear cactus and the entrance to the canal tunnel over the St. Quentin Canal erased Or. Attached below the shield a Blue scroll inscribed "VIRTUS INCENDIT VIRES" in Gold.
The shield is blue for Infantry. The cactus represents service on the Mexican border as the 3rd Infantry Regiment, North Carolina National Guard. The tunnel symbolizes the mouth of the tunnel in the Hindenburg Line at Bellicourt, France, captured by the 120th Infantry Regiment on 29 August 1918.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 27 June 1928 and the Distinctive Unit Insignia on 28 June 1928.
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