123D ARMOR 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: Azure a saltire voided Argent, overall a prickly pear cactus Proper entwined with a snake Or, a chief ermine. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Blue scroll inscribed "ESTO PERPETUA" in Silver letters.

Symbolism
Blue is the color for Infantry and commemorates the initial organization in 1846 as the 2nd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The Civil War service represented by the white saltire cross voided blue from the flag of the Confederacy. The Mexican War service (Buena Vista) is represented by the cactus and snake from the Mexican flag and the World War I service by the ermine chief from the arms of both Brittany and Nantes. The motto translates to "May It Live Forever."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 149th Infantry Regiment on 10 December 1925. It was amended to correct the description on 3 August 1926. It was redesignated for the 241st Tank Battalion on 9 January 1956. The insignia was redesignated for the 123d Armor Regiment on 23 September 1960. It was amended to change the symbolism on 2 October 1969.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure a saltire voided Argent, overall a prickly pear cactus Proper entwined with a snake Or, a chief ermine.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Kentucky Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure within a garland of trumpet vine clasped hands clothed at the wrists all Proper.

Motto

ESTO PERPETUA (May It Live Forever).

Symbolism

Shield

Blue is the color for Infantry and commemorates the initial organization in 1846 as the 2nd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The Civil War service represented by the white saltire cross voided blue from the flag of the Confederacy. The Mexican War service (Buena Vista) is represented by the cactus and snake from the Mexican flag and the World War I service by the ermine chief from the arms of both Brittany and Nantes.

Crest

The crest is that of the Kentucky Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 149th Infantry Regiment on 27 October 1925. It was amended to correct the blazon of the shield on 3 August 1926. It was redesignated for the 241st Tank Battalion on 9 January 1956. The insignia was redesignated for the 123d Armor Regiment on 23 September 1960. It was amended to change the symbolism on 2 October 1969.





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