61ST CAVALRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in diameter overall blazoned as follows: Per pale Gules and Argent, a pall Sable charged with ten mullets Or, three, three and four in pale at base, overall a rifle and a saber grips to base, saltirewise of the like and in chief a dagger point up of the last. Attached below the shield is a Black scroll inscribed "FORGING DESTINY" in Gold.

Symbolism
The black pall represents the unit's military lineage to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion and the Regiment's determination, strength and support to accomplish the unit's military operations. The ten stars suggest the campaign participation during World War II. Red and white are the colors used for the Cavalry's guidon. The crossed rifle and saber suggest the combined arms and the lineage of the major elements used to create the 61st Cavalry Regiment. The dagger symbolizes the unit's military readiness, the early warriors and the dismounted reconnaissance troop.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 14 December 2005.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per pale Gules and Argent, a pall Sable charged with ten mullets Or, three, three and four at base, overall a rifle and saber saltirewise of the like grips to base, the rifle muzzle and the saber handgrip, pommel and part of the blade edged Gules, in chief a dagger point up Proper.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Gules, between a wreath consisting of a grapevine fructed in dexter and a palm frond in sinister Proper, a stylized mountain range Argent (Silver Gray) surmounted by a panther head affronté Sable garnished Or, eyed of the first and second, crushing in its mouth a tank of the third garnished of the fourth.

Motto

FORGING DESTINY.

Symbolism

Shield

Red and gold are the colors traditionally used by Cavalry units. The black pall represents the unit's military lineage to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion and the Regiment's determination, strength and support to accomplish the unit's military operations. The ten stars suggest the campaign participation during World War II. Red and white are the colors used for the Cavalry's guidon. The crossed rifle and saber suggest the combined arms and the lineage of the major elements used to create the 61st Cavalry Regiment. The dagger symbolizes the unit's military readiness, the early warriors and the dismounted reconnaissance troop.

Crest

The wreath, consisting of a grapevine and palm branch refers to the citation awarded the unit for campaigns in Colmar and Tunisia. The stylized mountain signifies the strength and steadfastness of the Regiment. The panther crushing the tank, adapted from the Tank Destroyer shoulder sleeve insignia, recalls the unit's history.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 14 December 2005.





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