401ST GLIDER INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.28 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent on a pile engrailed Azure, between two pelican heads erased Gules, a lion rampant of the field. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "LIONS OF THE SKIES" in Blue letters.

Symbolism
The blue of the shield represents Infantry; the wedge-shaped device is symbolic of the entrance into enemy territory, the engrailed lines being the heraldic representation of clouds of air and alludes to the airborne functions of the Regiment. The pelican heads are representative of the state of activation, Louisiana. The motto is expressive of the characteristics of the personnel and refers to the principle symbol of the shield.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 13 November 1942. It was rescinded on 2 February 1959.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent on a pile engrailed Azure, between two pelican heads erased Gules, a lion rampant of the field.

Crest

None.

Motto

LIONS OF THE SKIES.

Symbolism

Shield

The blue of the shield represents Infantry; the wedge-shaped device is symbolic of the entrance into enemy territory, the engrailed lines being the heraldic representation of clouds of air and alludes to the airborne functions of the Regiment. The pelican heads are representative of the state of activation, Louisiana.

Crest

None.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 13 November 1942. It was rescinded on 2 February 1959.





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