163D 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 shield blazoned: Per fess Argent and Azure, in chief a palm tree on a mount Proper and in base a giant cactus and fleur-de-lis Or, all within a bordure of the like. Attached below the shield a Blue scroll doubled and inscribed “STRIKE HARD AND FAST” in Gold.

Symbolism
The central elements of the shield duplicate the coat of arms and distinctive unit insignia of the 163d Infantry; the gold border indicates descent from that unit. The palm tree represents Philippine service, the giant cactus Mexican Border duty and the fleur-de-lis service in France during World War I. Blue and white are the colors associated with Infantry and refer to the organization’s combat service as the 163d Infantry during World War II.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 1 February 1989.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Per fess Argent and Azure, in chief a palm tree on a mount Proper and in base a giant cactus and fleur-de-lis Or, all within a bordure of the like.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Montana Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, a fleur-de-lis the middle leaf and tie Or, and outside leaves Argent.

Motto

STRIKE HARD AND FAST.

Symbolism

Shield

The central elements of the shield duplicate the coat of arms and distinctive unit insignia of the 163d Infantry; the gold border indicates descent from that unit. The palm tree represents Philippine service, the giant cactus Mexican Border duty and the fleur-de-lis service in France during World War I. Blue and white are the colors associated with Infantry and refer to the organization’s combat service as the 163d Infantry during World War II.

Crest

The crest is that of the Montana Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 1 February 1989. It was amended to correct the blazon of the shield on 18 May 1989.





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