A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per chevron Azure and Argent, in dexter chief a palm tree Proper and in base in chevron eleven mullets of the first above a crowned lion rampant berry of ten Or and of the first, in dexter paw a sword of the fourth. Attached below and to the sides is a Blue scroll inscribed "YIELD TO NONE" in Silver letters.
The shield is blue and white to difference it from the former coat of arms of the 125th Infantry Regiment, parent organization, now redesignated for the 425th Infantry Regiment, Michigan National Guard. The palm tree, eleven mullets (stars), and the crowned lion?all charges taken from this coat of arms?are applicable to the organization's historical background. The palm tree represents service at Santiago during the Spanish-American War, and the eleven mullets are for Civil War service. The crowned lion taken from the Arms of Hesse symbolize the organization's entrance into Germany during World War I.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 13 March 1952.