191ST INFANTRY BRIGADE
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silhouetted right cylinder 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width. On a blue field within a 1/16 inch (.16 cm) white inner border and a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) blue outer edge, a white hand grenade 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) in height surmounted by a red vertical bayonet 2 9/16 inches (6.51 cm) in height.

Symbolism
Blue and white are the colors used for Infantry. The grenade and bayonet, basic combat weapons, allude to the mission of the Brigade to destroy the enemy by offensive action and to repel his assault. Red, the most dominant color of the spectrum, is symbolic of the unit's striking capabilities.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 24 October 1963. (TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-317)




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 crane in its vigilance encircled by a gold ribbon bearing the motto "VIGILANTE SALIS" in black letters.

Symbolism
An old fable explains that cranes maintain a set watch all the night long and have their sentinels. These stand upon one foot, and hold a little stone within the other, which by falling from it, if they should chance to sleep, might awaken them, and reprove them for their negligence. While these watch, the others sleep, couching their heads under their wings. The motto translates to "Safety By Watching."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 191st Infantry Brigade Headquarters on 24 November 1939. It was redesignated for the 191st Infantry Brigade on 7 March 1967.





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