161ST ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION
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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: Argent, a carabao’s head caboshed Azure; on a canton of the last a chevron and a fleur-de-lis of the first; all within a bordure of the second. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed “MOBILITAS VICTORIA” in Blue letters.

Symbolism
The shield of the coat of arms for the 224th Infantry Regiment, differenced by a blue border, is used to indicate the descent of the 161st Armored Infantry Battalion from the 3d Battalion of that organization. In the designing of the coat of arms of the 224th Infantry Regiment, the basic design of the shield of the coat of arms of the 185th Infantry Regiment, in reverse colors with the carabao head added to symbolize service in the Philippine Islands during World War II, was used to indicate descent from the latter organization. The chevron and fleur-de-lis on the canton indicate World War I service of the units from which the 185th Infantry Regiment descended. The colors blue and white are used for Infantry.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 14 March 1955. It was rescinded on 10 August 1961.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Argent, a carabao’s head caboshed Azure; on a canton of the last a chevron and a fleur-de-lis of the first; all within a bordure of the second.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.

Motto

MOBILITAS VICTORIA (Mobility is Victory).

Symbolism

Shield

The shield of the coat of arms for the 224th Infantry Regiment, differenced by a blue border, is used to indicate the descent of the 161st Armored Infantry Battalion from the 3d Battalion of that organization. In the designing of the coat of arms of the 224th Infantry Regiment, the basic design of the shield of the coat of arms of the 185th Infantry Regiment, in reverse colors with the carabao head added to symbolize service in the Philippine Islands during World War II, was used to indicate descent from the latter organization. The chevron and fleur-de-lis on the canton indicate World War I service of the units from which the 185th Infantry Regiment descended. The colors blue and white are used for Infantry.

Crest

The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 14 March 1955. It was amended to correct the blazon of the shield on 1 September 1955. It was rescinded on 10 August 1961.





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