137 Artillery Regiment
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per bend Gules and Or a Kris and a Hari Kiri knife bendwise counterchanged. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Red scroll inscribed “VALENS ET VOLENS” in Gold letters.

Symbolism
The colors red and yellow are used for Artillery. The Kris is used by the natives in the Philippines and represents service there. The Hari Kiri knife, a ceremonial knife used by the Japanese in the Ryukyus symbolizes service in that area. The motto translates to “Able and Willing.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 179th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion on 19 June 1952. It was redesignated for the 179th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion on 14 November 1956. The insignia was redesignated for the 137th Artillery Regiment on 6 January 1961.




Coat of Arms


Blazon

Shield

Per bend Gules and Or a Kris and a Hari Kiri knife bendwise counterchanged.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Ohio Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a sheaf of seventeen arrows Argent bound by a sprig of buckeye (Aesculus glabra) fructed Proper (two leaves with bursting burr).

Motto

VALENS ET VOLENS (Able and Willing).

Symbolism

Shield

The colors red and yellow are used for Artillery. The Kris is used by the natives in the Philippines and represents service there. The Hari Kiri knife, a ceremonial knife used by the Japanese in the Ryukyus symbolizes service in that area.

Crest

The crest is that of the Ohio Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 179th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion on 19 June 1952. It was redesignated for the 179th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion on 14 November 1956. The insignia was redesignated for the 137th Artillery Regiment on 6 January 1961.





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