263D 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 gold bearing a green dragon passant with tongue and tail barbed of red, on a red chief wavy three gold fleurs-de-lis. Attached below the shield a red scroll inscribed "NEVER SURRENDERED" in gold letters.

Symbolism
The red of the chief and the wavy partition line allude to the unit's origin as Coast Artillery. Campaign participation credits earned by elements of the regiment are shown by the gold fleurs-de-lis, denoting campaigns in World War I in France, and the dragon, representing World War II campaigns in Europe and Africa in which elements of the regiment participated; the barbs on tongue and tail of the dragon, symbolic of arrowheads, signify assault landings in Sicily and Southern France, again by certain elements of the regiment.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 26 October 1970.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Or, a dragon passant Vert with tongue and tail barbed Gules, on a chief wavy of the like three fleurs-de-lis of the first.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the South Carolina Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules (Yellow and Red) upon a mount Vert a palmetto tree Proper charged with a crescent Argent.

Motto

NEVER SURRENDERED.

Symbolism

Shield

The red of the chief and the wavy partition line allude to the unit's origin as Coast Artillery. Campaign participation credits earned by elements of the regiment are shown by the gold fleurs-de-lis, denoting campaigns in World War I in France, and the dragon, representing World War II campaigns in Europe and Africa in which elements of the regiment participated; the barbs on tongue and tail of the dragon, symbolic of arrowheads, signify assault landings in Sicily and Southern France, again by certain elements of the regiment.

Crest

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

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 26 October 1970.





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