550TH AIRBORNE INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, issuing from chief a lightning flash Argent. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Blue scroll inscribed "A BOLT FROM THE BLUE" in Silver letters.

Symbolism
The shield is blue for Infantry. The lightning flash represents the sudden striking power of the organization.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 25 February 1942.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure, issuing from chief a lightning flash Argent.

Crest

None.

Motto

A BOLT FROM THE BLUE.

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is blue for Infantry. The lightning flash represents the sudden striking power of the organization.

Crest

None.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 7 March 1942.





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