122D CAVALRY 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: Vairy Azure and Buff, on a fess Gules fimbriated Argent a fleur-de-lis of the like (Argent). Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed “FORWARD WITHOUT FEAR” in Red letters.

Symbolism
The vair is taken from the coat of arms of Lafayette, who was escorted through Connecticut by the First and Second Companies, Governor’s Horse Guards, on his visit to the United States in September 1842. The colors blue and buff are taken from the uniform they wore and denote the early origin. The fess and fleur-de-lis are taken from the coat of arms of the Department of Soissons, France, in which department the units of the 101st, 102nd and 103rd Machine Gun Battalions received their baptism of fire, the color in addition symbolizing the affiliation with the Machine Gun units during the War.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 1st Cavalry Regiment, Connecticut Army National Guard on 16 June 1925. It was redesignated for the 122d Cavalry Regiment, Connecticut and Rhode Island Army National Guard on 5 August 1930. The insignia was rescinded on 11 March 1977.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Vairy, Azure and Buff, on a fess Gules fimbriated Argent a fleur-de-lis of the like.

Crest

Those for the regiments and separate battalions of the Connecticut and Rhode Island Army National Guard: Connecticut: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, a grapevine supported and fructed Proper. Rhode Island: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, an anchor paleways Or.

Motto

FORWARD WITHOUT FEAR.

Symbolism

Shield

The vair is taken from the coat of arms of Lafayette, who was escorted through Connecticut by the First and Second Companies, Governor’s Horse Guards, on his visit to the United States in September 1842. The colors blue and buff are taken from the uniform they wore and denote the early origin. The fess and fleur-de-lis are taken from the coat of arms of the Department of Soissons, France, in which department the units of the 101st, 102nd and 103rd Machine Gun Battalions received their baptism of fire, the color in addition symbolizing the affiliation with the Machine Gun units during the War.

Crest

The crests of the Connecticut and Rhode Island Army National Guard in the order in which the states were admitted to the Union.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 1st Cavalry Regiment, Connecticut Army National Guard on 3 June 1925. It was redesignated for the 122d Cavalry Regiment, Connecticut and Rhode Island Army National Guard on 5 August 1930. The insignia was rescinded on 11 March 1977.





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