518TH REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per chevron Argent and Azure, in chief a palmetto and a long leaf pine of the second, in base a hornet Volant of the first. Attached below and to the sides of the shield is a Silver scroll inscribed "VIRTUS FIDES HONOR" in Blue letters.

Symbolism
The colors blue and white are used for Infantry. The palmetto and pine tree represent South Carolina and North Carolina, the home area of the Regiment. The hornet is used in allusion to Charlotte, North Carolina, the unit's headquarters; Lord Cornwallis having referred to it during the Revolution as a hornet's nest." The motto translates to "Courage, Faith, Honor."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 518th Infantry Regiment on 19 January 1956. It was redesignated for the 518th Regiment on 23 May 1960.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per chevron Argent and Azure, in chief a palmetto and a long leaf pine of the second, in base a hornet Volant of the first.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

VIRTUS, FIDES, HONOR (Courage, Faith, Honor).

Symbolism

Shield

The colors blue and white are used for Infantry. The palmetto and pine tree represent South Carolina and North Carolina, the home area of the Regiment. The hornet is used in allusion to Charlotte, North Carolina, the unit's headquarters; Lord Cornwallis having referred to it during the Revolution as a hornet's nest."

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 518th Infantry Regiment on 19 January 1956. It was redesignated for the 518th Regiment on 23 May 1960.





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