41st Field Artillery Regiment, US Army
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41ST FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules, a bend barry of eight Argent, of the field and Azure repeated, overall a broad arrow Or.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules a four-headed wyvern without wings of the first scaled Azure and langued Or grasping a mace Silver with seven spikes Gold charged with a roundel parti per pale Gules and Vert.
Motto: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
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 bend barry of eight Argent, of the field and Azure repeated, overall a broad arrow Or. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” in Black letters.
The bend, from the coat of arms approved for the former 41st Coast Artillery Regiment and the broad arrow from that of the 41st Field Artillery Battalion, symbolize the consolidation of these two units. The bend carries the eight bars of the old Hawaiian flag and arms indicating the origin of the 41st Coast Artillery Regiment as companies of the Coast Defenses of Honolulu. The broad arrow was used in the coat of arms of the 41st Field Artillery Battalion to symbolize celerity of movement and shock of impact. Crest: The four heads of the wyvern refer to the unit’s four spearhead attacks in World War II. Blue and white are the colors of the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 3d Division to which the organization is assigned. The mace and the red and green colors, from the arms of Colmar, France, refer to the unit’s distinguished action during the capture of that city for which it was awarded three unit decorations. Red, green and white, the colors of the national flag of Italy, allude to the organization’s action at Anzio.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Inisgnia was originally approved for the 41st Field Artillery Battalion on 11 January 1952. They was redesignated for the 41st Artillery Regiment on 15 April 1958. It was amended to change the description by addition of symbolism for charges taken from the original coat of arms on 26 July 1963. The coat of arms was amended to add a crest on 21 April 1966. Effective 1 September 1971, the insignia was redesignated for the 41st Field Artillery Regiment.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.