174TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, a saltire Gules, in dexter fess a castle with corner towers Murrey and in sinister fess a giant cactus Vert, overall a fleur-de-lis of the first (Argent) on the field fimbriated of the second (Gules). Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "SEMPER FIDELIS" in Black letters.

Symbolism
The shield is white, the old color for Infantry. The saltire cross is for service during the Civil War. The castle is taken from the Spanish campaign medal and represents service during the War with Spain. The cactus stands for Mexican Border duty and the fleur-de-lis for service in France during World War I. The motto translates to "Ever Faithful" and has been used by the Regiment since 1854.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 174th Infantry Regiment on 14 September 1925. It was redesignated for the 174th Armored Infantry Battalion on 29 July 1955. It was redesignated for the 174th Infantry Regiment on 20 March 1962. The insignia was amended to add a motto on 6 September 1968.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent, a saltire Gules, in dexter fess a castle with corner towers Murrey and in sinister fess a giant cactus Vert, overall a fleur-de-lis of the first (Argent) on the field fimbriated of the second (Gules).

Crest

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

Motto

SEMPER FIDELIS (Ever Faithful).

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is white, the old color for Infantry. The saltire cross is for service during the Civil War. The castle is taken from the Spanish campaign medal and represents service during the War with Spain. The cactus stands for Mexican Border duty and the fleur-de-lis for service in France during World War I. The motto translates to "Ever Faithful" and has been used by the Regiment since 1854.

Crest

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

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 174th Infantry Regiment on 13 January 1925. It was amended to include the history of the organization on 7 January 1932. It was redesignated for the 174th Armored Infantry Battalion on 29 July 1955. It was redesignated for the 174th Infantry Regiment on 20 March 1962.





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