196TH CAVALRY 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 pine cone in silhouette surmounted in base by a bayonet fesswise both base metal, the bayonet supporting a green spade with point up, overall a gold color projectile palewise. Attached below the device a green scroll inscribed “EYES OF HICKORY” in gold letters.

Symbolism
Yellow and green are taken from the coat of arms for the unit. The pine cone alludes to North Carolina, the home area of the unit. The bayonet refers to the Infantry mission of the unit in November 1920 and at present. The spade represents the Engineer mission and the projectile, the Artillery mission, both in the organization’s history.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 4 October 1965.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Or, three piles in point Vert on a chevron a fleur-de-lis between two ermine spots all counterchanged.

Crest

That for regiments and separate battalions of the North Carolina Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Vert, a hornet’s nest hanging from a bough beset with 13 hornets all Proper.

Motto

EYES OF HICKORY.

Symbolism

Shield

Yellow is the color used for Armor. The three piles symbolize the three organizations out of which the elements comprising the 196th Cavalry was formed. The fleur-de-lis and ermine spots allude to the areas of combat, France and Germany. The chevron refers to the support given during the entire campaign.

Crest

The crest is that of the North Carolina Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 10 February 1965.





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