16TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54cm) in height overall, a vair Argent and Azure, in chief an Indian arrow and a Philippine bolo in saltire Or and in base a five bastioned fort Gules fimbriated of the third (Or).

Symbolism
The shield is the fur vair, white and blue, from the arms of Fléville, France, where the regiment took its objective in the Argonne operation, The crossed arrow and bolo recall the Indian and Philippine fighting and the five-bastioned fort that was the badge of the V Corps in Cuba.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 24 Nov 1926.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Vair Argent and Azure, in chief an Indian arrow and a Philippine bolo in saltire Or and in base a five bastioned fort Gules fimbriated of the third (Or).

Crest

On a wreath of the colors on a cross pateé Argent a garb Proper pierced by a devil's trident in pale Sable armed Gules.

Motto

SEMPER PARATUS.

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is the fur vair, white and blue, from the arms of Fléville, France, where the regiment took its objective in the Argonne operation, The crossed arrow and bolo recall the Indian and Philippine fighting and the five-bastioned fort that was the badge of the V Corps in Cuba.

Crest

The crest is the white maltese cross of the V Corps in the Civil War and represents the desperate fighting in the Wheatfield and Devil's Den at Gettysburg where the regiment lost approximately 50% of its effective strength.

Motto

The motto ''Always Prepared'' has been in use by the regiment since 1907.


Background
The coat of arms was approved 9 Dec 1924.





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