113TH CAVALRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/32 inches (2.78 cm) in height overall, blazoned: Or, a horse rampant Gules bridled of the field, in dexter chief a fleur-de-lis of the second and in sinister chief a prickly pear cactus Proper. Attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed "WE MAINTAIN" in Red.

Symbolism
Yellow is the color traditionally associated with Cavalry. The "red horse," symbolizing the popular name of the regiment, is in a rampant position to denote aggressiveness and is bridled to indicate discipline. The prickly pear cactus represents service on the Mexican Border and the fleur-de-lis signifies service in France during World War I of the original 113th Cavalry.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 113th Regiment Cavalry, Iowa National Guard on 12 February 1927. It was redesignated for the 113th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 8 June 1950. It was redesignated for the 113th Armor, Iowa National Guard on 31 October 1960. The insignia was redesignated for the 113th Cavalry Regiment effective 1 September 1992, with the description and symbolism revised.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Or, a horse rampant Gules bridled of the field, in dexter chief a fleur-de-lis of the second and in sinister chief a prickly pear cactus Proper.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Iowa National Guard: On a wreath of the colors, Or and Gules, a hawk's head erased Proper.

Motto

WE MAINTAIN.

Symbolism

Shield

Yellow is the color traditionally associated with Cavalry. The "red horse," symbolizing the popular name of the regiment, is in a rampant position to denote aggressiveness and is bridled to indicate discipline. The prickly pear cactus represents service on the Mexican Border and the fleur-de-lis signifies service in France during World War I of the original 113th Cavalry.

Crest

The crest is that of the Iowa Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 113th Regiment Cavalry, Iowa National Guard on 11 February 1927. It was redesignated for the 113th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 8 June 1950. It was redesignated for the 113th Armor, Iowa National Guard on 31 October 1960. The coat of arms was redesignated for the 113th Cavalry Regiment effective 1 September 1992, with the symbolism revised.





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