39th Field Artillery Regiment, US Army
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39TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules, issuing from base a phoenix Or rising from flames Proper.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, in front of a cloud Argent an isosceles triangle Sable and a war mace palewise the staff counterchanged and the head with six spikes Azure charged with a crescent of the first all surmounted in base by four arrowheads in pile conjoined at the point Gold.
Motto: CELERITA IN CONFICIENDO (Speed in Action).
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, issuing from base a phoenix Or rising from flames Proper. Attached below the shield a Red scroll inscribed “CELERITAS IN CONFICIENDO” in Gold letters.
The shield is red for Artillery. The fabulous bird, the phoenix, symbolizes the reactivation and restoration of the organization. Crest: The war mace, from the arms of Colmar in Northern France, commemorates the organization’s most distinguished war service. The head of the mace is blue in reference to the color of the Distinguished Unit Citation streamer awarded for that action. The six spikes of the mace stand for the organization’s six unit decorations. The crescent alludes to the location of the unit’s first service under fire – Algeria-French Morocco. The four arrowheads are for four assault landings. The cloud and the radiating arrowheads simulate a burst of artillery fire. The black triangle represents the armament area in North Korea known as the “Iron Triangle” during the Korean Conflict. It commemorates the organization’s action in that locality.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 39th Field Artillery Battalion on 25 February 1941. They was redesignated for the 39th Artillery Regiment on 26 November 1958. It was amended to add a crest on 23 June 1965. They was redesignated for the 39th Field Artillery Regiment on 1 September 1971
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.