278TH ARTILLERY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

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 fess enhanced Gules and Or, in chief an arrow barbed with a fleur-de-lis of the last and in base six gunstones. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “IN VIGILANTIA SPES” in Red letters.

Symbolism
Red and yellow are used for Artillery. The fleur-de-lis headed arrow symbolizes the organization’s assault landing in the Southern France campaign and its function of antiaircraft artillery. The gunstones, ancient symbol of artillery, represent the unit’s other six campaigns in Europe during World War II. The motto translates to “In Valor There Is Hope.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 108th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons) on 6 May 1955. It was redesignated for the 278th Artillery Regiment on 13 December 1960.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Per fess enhanced Gules and Or, in chief an arrow barbed with a fleur-de-lis of the last and in base six gunstones.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Alabama Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a slip of cotton plant with full bursting boll, Proper.

Motto

IN VIGILANTIA SPES (In Valor There Is Hope).

Symbolism

Shield

Red and yellow are used for Artillery. The fleur-de-lis headed arrow symbolizes the organization’s assault landing in the Southern France campaign and its function of antiaircraft artillery. The gunstones, ancient symbol of artillery, represent the unit’s other six campaigns in Europe during World War II.

Crest

The crest is that of the Alabama Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 108th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons) on 6 May 1955. It was redesignated for the 278th Artillery Regiment on 13 December 1960.





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