68TH ARMOR REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a lion passant Argent, eyed and detailed of the first. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "VENTRE A TERRE" in Black letters.

Symbolism
The colors, blue and white, associate the organization with Infantry. The lion symbolizes the power of a Tank Regiment. The motto translates to "With Great Speed."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 68th Infantry Regiment on 23 March 1937. It was redesignated for the 68th Armored Regiment on 18 September 1942. It was redesignated for the 68th Tank Battalion on 22 November 1943. The insignia was redesignated for the 68th Medium Tank Battalion on 29 August 1952. It was redesignated for the 68th Armor Regiment on 15 November 1957. It was amended to update the description on 17 November 2010.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure, a lion passant Argent, langued and claws Gules.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Azure, in front of a plate charged with a hurt issuant, an anchor Sable the stock banded of six, three and three Argent (Silver Gray), Vert and of the fourth, the flukes Gules, upon the stock a demi-fleur-de-lis of the first, the centre petal of the second, surmounted on the centre of the shank by a Taeguk fimbriated of the first superimposed by a lightning bolt palewise throughout Or.

Motto

VENTRE A TERRE (With Great Speed).

Symbolism

Shield

The colors, blue and white, associate the organization with Infantry. The lion symbolizes the power of a Tank Regiment.

Crest

The anchor, a symbol of support, stands for the unit's service during World War II with the 4th Marine Division at Saipan and Tinian. The Regiment is accredited with the Presidential Unit Citation Streamer (Navy) in commemoration of those actions. The flukes of the anchor, simulating arrowheads for assault landings, are red in reference to the heavy casualties sustained in those engagements. The lightning flash alludes to the speed and fire power of Armor organizations. The fleur-de-lis is for service in France and the Taeguk for service in Korea. The blue and white base represents the shores of Europe, the Pacific Islands and Korea.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 68th Infantry Regiment on 25 March 1937. It was redesignated for the 68th Armored Regiment on 18 September 1942. It was redesignated for the 68th Tank Battalion on 22 November 1943. The insignia was redesignated for the 68th Medium Tank Battalion on 29 August 1952. It was redesignated for the 68th Armor Regiment on 15 November 1957. It was amended to add a crest on 29 December 1965. It was amended to update the description on 17 November 2010.





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