163rd Field Artillery Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard
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163RD FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, INDIANA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
Shield: Gules, a saltire and overall an arrow palewise in pale with point to chief Or, surmounted overall at fess point by a hurt fimbriated and charged with a Philippine sunburst of the second.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Indiana Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a demi-lion rampant Argent, holding in dexter paw a laurel branch Vert.
Motto: ARMS FOR SUPPORT.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a saltire and overall an arrow palewise in pale with point to chief Or, surmounted overall at fess point by a hurt fimbriated and charged with a Philippine sunburst of the second. Attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “ARMS FOR SUPPORT” in Black letters.
Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for Artillery units. The Philippine sunburst symbolizes the organization’s Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and alludes to the unit’s World War II campaign participation in New Guinea, Leyte and Luzon. The blue area suggested by the state flag of Indiana also represents the many lakes and streams of the area. The arrow symbolizes the Indian heritage of the state and the unit’s mission of Field Artillery. The heraldic saltire alludes to Indiana’s motto “The Crossroads of America.”
The Coat of Arms was approved on 8 June 1978. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 18 October 1978.
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Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.