205TH 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 abased wavy Azure and Or per chevron counterchanged; in chief a prickly pear cactus between a sheathed Roman sword and a fleur-de-lis all of the second in base an apple of the last charged with the Arabic figure "2" Gules. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed "VIRTUS ET FORTITUDO" in Blue letters.

Symbolism
Yellow (Or) is used for Armor. The apple charged with the figure "2" is an adaptation of the badge of the old 2d Infantry, New York National Guard, which was known as the "Apple Knockers." The 2d Infantry was the parent unit of the 205th Armor. The sheathed sword (for the Spanish War Medal) represents service during the Spanish-American War; the cactus, service on the Mexican Border; and the fleur-de-lis, service during World War I. The blue color and the wavy partition line stand for the Pacific Ocean; the pointed line protruding beyond the waves represents the mountainous island of Saipan. The crossing of the lines stands for the breakthrough of Japan's perimeter of defense in the Pacific at Saipan and refers to the unit's distinguished participation in that action in World War II. The motto translates to "Courage and Fortitude."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 26 March 1968.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess abased wavy Azure and Or per chevron counterchanged; in chief a prickly pear cactus between a sheathed Roman sword and a fleur-de-lis all of the second in base an apple of the last charged with the Arabic figure "2" Gules.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the New York Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Azure, the full-rigged ship "Half Moon" all Proper.

Motto

VIRTUS ET FORTITUDE (Courage and Fortitude).


Symbolism

Shield

Yellow (Or) is used for Armor. The apple charged with the figure "2" is an adaptation of the badge of the old 2d Infantry, New York National Guard, which was known as the "Apple Knockers." The 2d Infantry was the parent unit of the 205th Armor. The sheathed sword (for the Spanish War Medal) represents service during the Spanish-American War; the cactus, service on the Mexican Border; and the fleur-de-lis, service during World War I. The blue color and the wavy partition line stand for the Pacific Ocean; the pointed line protruding beyond the waves represents the mountainous island of Saipan. The crossing of the lines stands for the breakthrough of Japan's perimeter of defense in the Pacific at Saipan and refers to the unit's distinguished participation in that action in World War II.

Crest

The crest is that of the New York Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 26 March 1968.





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