31ST INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
Right: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 5/16 inches (3.33cm) in height overall consisting of the crest and motto of the coat of arms blazoned: On a wreath Or and Azure a polar bear affronté sejant head to dexter Proper with a ribbon bearing the regimental motto "PRO PATRIA." Left: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 5/16 inches (3.33cm) in height overall consisting of the crest and motto of the coat of arms blazoned: On a wreath Or and Azure a polar bear affronté sejant head to sinister Proper with a ribbon bearing the regimental motto "PRO PATRIA."

Symbolism
The regiment was organized in Manila in 1916 by transfer of men from the 8th, 13th and 15th Infantry. The 31st did excellent service in Siberia, this is indicated by the polar bear crest. The motto "For the Country" is indicative of the spirit of the regiment in spite of the fact that the regiment as such has never set foot in the United States.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 16 Nov 1923. It was amended on 27 Oct 1999 to correct the description.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure, a sea lion Or grasping in dexter paw a rifle with fixed bayonet Proper.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors a polar bear affronté sejant head to sinister, Proper.

Motto

PRO PATRIA (For the Country).

Symbolism
The regiment was organized in Manila in 1916 by transfer of men from the 8th, 13th and 15th Infantry. This is indicated by the sea lion from the coat of arms for the Philippines, the 31st did excellent service in Siberia, this is indicated by the polar bear crest. The motto " For the Country" is indicative of the spirit of the regiment in spite of the fact that the regiment as such has never set foot in the United States.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 29 Oct 1921.





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