17TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/32 inches (2.78cm) in height overall, consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a wall embattled Argent, maconné de Sable, between in chief a cross patée and a five-bastioned fort voided, and in base a buffalo statant of the second.

Symbolism
The shield is blue for Infantry. Service in the Civil War is shown by the white cross patée, the badge if the 5th Army Corps in the Army of the Potomac, and by the stone wall which symbolizes the famous stone wall at Fredericksburg. The five-bastioned fort was the badge of the 5th Army Corps in Cuba. The buffalo represents service in Korea. It was adopted as a symbol of the unit while it served there.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 14 Oct 1924. It was amended by the addition of the buffalo for Korean service on 5 May 1952. The insignia was amended on 1 May 1990 to revise the description and symbolism of the design.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure, a wall embattled Argent, maconné de Sable, between in chief a cross patée and a five-bastioned fort voided, and in base a buffalo statant of the second.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors, Argent and Azure, a sea lion erect Or armed and langued Gules grasping in its dexter claw two arrows Sable, armed and flighted Gules.

Motto

TRUTH AND COURAGE.

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is blue for Infantry. Service in the Civil War is shown by the white cross patée, the badge if the 5th Army Corps in the Army of the Potomac, and by the stone wall which symbolizes the famous stone wall at Fredericksburg. The five-bastioned fort was the badge of the 5th Army Corps in Cuba. The buffalo represents service in Korea. It was adopted as a symbol of the unit while it served there.

Crest

The sea lion is taken from the Spanish arms of Manila, and the arrows represent Indian campaigns.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved on 15 Mar 1921. It was amended by the addition of the buffalo for Korean service on 5 May 1952. The coat of arms was amended on 1 May 1990 to revise the blazon and symbolism of the design.





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