254TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per pale Azure and Argent, a bar gemel wavy counterchanged over all in bend a morning star Or and in sinister chief a tetrahedron arraswise Gules. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed “DEATH BEFORE DEFEAT” in Blue letters.

Symbolism
The mace, or morning star, is taken from the arms of Colmar. The division of the shield, taken from the arms of Colmar, is in Infantry colors. The two wavy bars represent the Rhine and Danube Rivers. The tetrahedron, a concrete tank obstacle, is red to indicate an enemy installation, in this case the Siegfried line.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 22 April 1953. It was rescinded on 30 September 1976.




Coat of Arms

Coat Of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Per pale Azure and Argent, a bar gemel wavy counterchanged over all in bend a morning star Or and in sinister chief a tetrahedron arraswise Gules.

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

Death Before Defeat.

Symbolism

Shield

The mace, or morning star, is taken from the arms of Colmar. The division of the shield, taken from the arms of Colmar, is in Infantry colors. The two wavy bars represent the Rhine and Danube Rivers. The tetrahedron, a concrete tank obstacle, is red to indicate an enemy installation, in this case the Siegfried line.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 22 April 1953. It was rescinded on 30 September 1976.





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