296TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/32 inches (2.78 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a base barry wavy Argent and of the first, issuing from sinister base a bastion with sentry box showing door and lookout Or masoned Sable. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “ALERTA ESTA” in Black letters.

Symbolism
The shield is blue for Infantry and bastion with sentry box that raises from the sea, which is represented by the barry wavy base, represents the 296th Infantry on the island of Puerto Rico, bravely defending the island. The motto was the reply of sentinels when questioned as to alertness by officers of the guard during tours of inspection and translates to “Alert He Is.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 4 February 1941.




Coat of Arms

Coat Of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Azure, a base barry wavy Argent and of the first, issuing from sinister base a bastion with sentry box showing door and lookout Or masoned Sable.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Azure, upon a closed book Gules with pages edged Or a paschal lamb couchant with staff and banner of San Jan (Gules a cross Argent) all Proper.

Motto

ALERTA ESTÁ (Alert He Is).

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is blue for Infantry and bastion with sentry box that raises from the sea, which is represented by the barry wavy base, represents the 296th Infantry on the island of Puerto Rico, bravely defending the island. The motto was the reply of sentinels when questioned as to alertness by officers of the guard during tours of inspection.

Crest

The crest is that of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 25 January 1941.





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