5TH INFANTRY
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inch (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure (Silver Gray) on a fess Gules between seven cannons, four and three, muzzles upwards Sable, an arrow of the first, all within a bordure gyronny Vert, Argent and of the second alternating. From a wreath Argent and Gules, an arm in armor embowed holding nine arrows all Argent (Silver Gray). Below the above is a white scroll inscribed "I'LL TRY SIR" in Silver letters.

Symbolism
The shield is white, the color of Infantry facings when the Regiment was organized. The red fess with arrow commemorates the battle of Tippecanoe; the battle of Lundy's Lane is shown by the seven cannons captured there; while the border of green, white, and red is for the Mexican War. The crest is a modification of the crest of General Nelson A. Miles who was for many years Colonel of the Regiment and who led it in several notable Indian engagements. His crest is an arm in armor grasping an anchor; 9 arrows, one for each Indian campaign, is substituted for the anchor in the regimental crest.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 28 April 1923. It was amended to correct the description on 25 May 1970. The insignia was amended to update the description on 7 December 2011.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent, on a fess Gules between seven cannons, four and three, muzzles upwards Sable an arrow Or; all within a bordure gyronny of eight Vert of the first and of the second.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Gules, an arm in armor embowed Proper holding nine arrows Sable, armed and flitted of the second.

Motto

I'LL TRY, SIR.


Symbolism

Shield

The shield is white, the color of Infantry facings when the Regiment was organized. The red fess with arrow commemorates the battle of Tippecanoe; the battle of Lundy's Lane is shown by the seven cannons captured there; while the border of green, white, and red is for the Mexican War.

Crest

The crest is a modification of the crest of General Nelson A. Miles who was for many years Colonel of the Regiment and who led it in several notable Indian engagements. His crest is an arm in armor grasping an anchor; 9 arrows, one for each Indian campaign, is substituted for the anchor in the regimental crest.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved on 27 May 1921. It was amended to change the motto and history as given in the description of the original letter on 29 June 1922. The insignia was amended to correct the blazon on 7 December 2011.





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