33rd Field Artillery Regiment, US Army
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33RD FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules, a lion dormant Or armed Azure.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Gules, two arrowheads Vert issuing palewise, another Sable issuing likewise from within a crescent overall of the first and surmounted by a lion guardant of the like armed and langued of the second.
Motto: SERVABO FIDEM (I Will Keep Faith).
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a lion dormant Or. Attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “SERVABO FIDEM” in Black letters.
The colors red and yellow identify the organization as Artillery. The lion, though depicted asleep, is said to sleep with its eyes open (though they may appear shut) and is thus “ever on guard” and ready for any emergency and action. Crest: The three arrowheads in the crest refer to the unit’s assault landings in Algeria-French Morocco, Sicily and Normandy. The crescent alludes to Tunis and the lion to Normandy, the two green arrowheads referring to the awards of the French Croix de Guerre (the predominating color of the ribbon being green) for the action at Kasserine Pass, Tunis and for the Normandy landing.
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 33d Field Artillery Regiment on 17 June 1937. It was redesignated for the 33d Field Artillery Battalion on 10 January 1941. It was redesignated for the 33d Artillery Regiment on 11 April 1958. It was amended to add the crest on 29 January 1965. The insignia was redesignated effective 1 September 1971 for the 33d Field Artillery Regiment and amended to change the symbolism of the design. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 33d Field Artillery Regiment on 17 June 1937. It was redesignated for the 33d Field Artillery Battalion on 3 January 1941. It was redesignated for the 33d Artillery Regiment on 11 April 1958. The insignia was redesignated effective 1 September 1971 for the 33d Field Artillery Regiment and amended to change the symbolism of the design.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.