2D ARTILLERY REGIMENT
Skip Navigation Links.
Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54 cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Ermines, a chevron reversed paly of fifteen Gules and Argent, on a chief of the third a saltire Azure. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "THE SECOND FIRST" in Black letters.

Symbolism
Elements from the coats of arms of the former 2d Coast Artillery and 2d Field Artillery have been incorporated for their historical importance. The fifteen red and white stripes allude to the Battle of Fort McHenry in 1814 at which time the flag of the United States was composed of fifteen stars and fifteen stripes. The field of ermines refers to service in Europe during World War I and World War II. The blue saltire refers to the organization's Civil War service, particularly the defense of Fort Pickens, the only fort south of Fort Monroe which remained loyal to the Federal government throughout the Civil War. It is given the position of honor at the top of the shield. The motto "The Second First" is taken from the older coat of arms of the two parent organizations.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 8 July 1959. It was cancelled on 23 August 1971.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Ermines, a chevron reversed paly of fifteen Gules and Argent, on a chief of the third a saltire Azure.

Crest

On a wreath Argent and Gules, a Kris and an Indian arrow saltirewise Argent surmounted by a serpent Vert, langued and eyed Gules, overall a prickly pear cactus Proper.

Motto

THE SECOND FIRST.

Symbolism

Shield

Elements from the coats of arms of the former 2d Coast Artillery and 2d Field Artillery have been incorporated for their historical importance. The fifteen red and white stripes allude to the Battle of Fort McHenry in 1814 at which time the flag of the United States was composed of fifteen stars and fifteen stripes. The field of ermines refers to service in Europe during World War I and World War II. The blue saltire refers to the organization's Civil War service, particularly the defense of Fort Pickens, the only fort south of Fort Monroe which remained loyal to the Federal government throughout the Civil War. It is given the position of honor at the top of the shield. The motto "The Second First" is taken from the older coat of arms of the two parent organizations.

Crest

Elements from the coats of arms of the former 2d Coast Artillery and 2d Field Artillery have been selected for their historical importance and combined to form a new coat of arms design for the 2d Artillery. Some of the organization's early war service?the Indian Wars, the Philippine Insurrection and the Mexican War depicted respectively by the Indian arrow, the Philippine Kris and the snake and cactus?has been placed above the shield in a position of prominence, forming the crest.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 8 July 1959. It was cancelled on 23 August 1971.





Jump to Top