253D INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A Silver color meal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, on a pile issuing from sinister Argent between two battle-axes fesswise, the one in base with blade to chief, a fleur-de-lis of the field. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Blue scroll turned Silver inscribed “QUINTA ESSENTIA” in Silver letters.

Symbolism
The shield is in the colors of the Infantry. The fleur-de-lis represents the Ardennes-Alsace campaign. The battle-axe, a favorite Teutonic weapon and heraldic charge throughout the medieval period, is used to symbolize the organization’s Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. The pile denotes the successful sweep through France and penetration of Germany. The motto translates to “The Quintessence.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 18 March 1953. It was rescinded on 30 September 1976.




Coat of Arms

Coat Of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Azure, on a pile issuing from sinister Argent between two battle-axes fesswise, the one in base with blade to chief, a fleur-de-lis of the field.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

QUINTA ESSENTIA (The Quintessence).

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is in the colors of the Infantry. The fleur-de-lis represents the Ardennes-Alsace campaign. The battle-axe, a favorite Teutonic weapon and heraldic charge throughout the medieval period, is used to symbolize the organization’s Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. The pile denotes the successful sweep through France and penetration of Germany.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 18 March 1953. It was rescinded on 30 September 1976.





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