319TH 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 blazoned: Or, a chevron ermine above an inside gauntlet Sable. Attached below a Gold scroll inscribed “LEAD ME FORWARD” in Black letters.

Symbolism
The Regiment is located entirely in the State of Michigan and local history was considered in the design, centralizing in the character of General Anthony Wayne, the first American to distinguish himself in those parts. Consequently, the ermine chevron and the inside gauntlet, which were charges on his shield have been incorporated. Yellow, the color of the field, has been selected to represent Cavalry, as well as to conform artistically with the shoulder patch adopted for the 65th Cavalry Division of which the Regiment is a part. It will be remembered that the English surrendered the fort at Detroit to General Wayne after his victory over the Indians at Fallen Timbers in 1793, and thus the entire Great Lakes region was secured to the United States. The words “Lead Me Forward” uttered by Wayne when he was wounded at the capture of Stony Point are considered as appropriate for the motto.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 10 July 1926. It was rescinded on 17 February 1959.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Or, a chevron ermine above an inside gauntlet Sable.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors Or and Sable, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands in the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

LEAD ME FORWARD.

Symbolism

Shield

The Regiment is located entirely in the State of Michigan and local history was considered in the design, centralizing in the character of General Anthony Wayne, the first American to distinguish himself in those parts. Consequently, the ermine chevron and the inside gauntlet, which were charges on his shield have been incorporated. Yellow, the color of the field, has been selected to represent Cavalry, as well as to conform artistically with the shoulder patch adopted for the 65th Cavalry Division of which the Regiment is a part. It will be remembered that the English surrendered the fort at Detroit to General Wayne after his victory over the Indians at Fallen Timbers in 1793, and thus the entire Great Lakes region was secured to the United States. The words “Lead Me Forward” uttered by Wayne when he was wounded at the capture of Stony Point are considered as appropriate for the motto.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 9 June 1924. It was rescinded on 17 February 1959.





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