9TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 7/32 inches (3.10cm) overall consisting of a shield blazoned: An imperial five-toed Chinese dragon, head to chief facing the dexter, encircling a disc bearing the numeral "9" all Or; motto "KEEP UP THE FIRE," around edge of the disc.

Symbolism
The Chinese dragon design commemorates the unit's campaigns in China.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for wear as a belt buckle on 22 Dec 1925. It was amended to conform to the method of wearing a distinctive unit insignia on 17 Nov 1954.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure, a chevronel wavy Argent between in chief an Imperial Chinese five-toed dragon affronté Or lined Azure and a sun in splendor of the third and in base a wigwam of the like garnished Gules.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors a pentagon Sable charged with the insignia of the 2d Division Proper, and encircled by a fourragere in the colors of the ribbon of the French Croix de Guerre.

Motto

KEEP UP THE FIRE.

Symbolism

Shield

The 9th Infantry was organized at Fort Monroe, Virginia in 1855. The field of the shield is blue, the Infantry color. Numerous Indian campaigns are commemorated by the wigwam. Service in the Philippines and in the China Relief Expedition are shown by the sun in splendor, a device used by the Filipino insurrectos, and by the Imperial Chinese dragon respectively. In 1898 the regiment took part in the battle of Santiago, crossing the San Juan River at the "bloody angle;" this is represented by the wavy chevron.

Crest

The crest is the insignia used by the regiment in World War I, surrounded by a fourragere awarded by the French Government for distinguished services rendered.

Background
The coat of arms was approved 8 Apr 1920.





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