196TH ARMOR REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess Or and Gules, in chief five fleurs-de-lis tow, one and two Sable. Attached below and to the sides of the shield is a Gold scroll inscribed "ABLE, ALERT, AGGRESSIVE" in Black letters.

Symbolism
The five black fleurs-de-lis indicate service in Europe during World War II as a Tank Destroyer unit; black and golden orange were the colors for the Tank Destroyer organizations. The yellow and red shield represents the former designation as an Artillery Battalion.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 130th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 4 November 1953. It was redesignated for the 130th Tank Battalion on 6 July 1955. The insignia was redesignated for the 196th Armor Regiment on 4 May 1960. It was rescinded/cancelled on 12 July 1976.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess Or and Gules, in chief five fleurs-de-lis tow, one and two Sable.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the North Carolina Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a hornet's nest hanging from a bough beset with 13 hornets all Proper.

Motto

ABLE, ALERT, AGGRESSIVE.

Symbolism

Shield

The five black fleurs-de-lis indicate service in Europe during World War II as a Tank Destroyer unit; black and golden orange were the colors for the Tank Destroyer organizations. The yellow and red shield represents the former designation as an Artillery Battalion.

Crest

The crest is that of the North Carolina Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 130th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 4 November 1953. It was redesignated for the 130th Tank Battalion on 6 July 1955. The insignia was redesignated for the 196th Armor Regiment on 4 May 1960. It was rescinded/cancelled on 12 July 1976.





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