12th Coast Artillery Regiment
Distinctive Unit Insignia
A gold griffin statant wing wings elevated and addorsed within a red ring bearing the motto “IMPIGER ET ANIMOSUS” in gold. The insignia is 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in diameter.
The griffin is a fictitious heraldic animal noted for watchfulness and strength, half eagle and half lion, and emphasizes the motto which translates to “Alert and Courageous.”
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 10 November 1924. It was rescinded on 14 March 1975.
Coat Of Arms
Gules a fess dancette Sable fimbriated Argent in chief two fleurs-de-lis Or.
On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a griffin statant with wings elevated and addorsed Or.
IMPIGER ET ANIMOSUS (Alert and Courageous).
The shield is red for Artillery; the black fess dancette (zigzag figure) is taken from the shield of the Coast Defenses of Chesapeake Bay, and is edged in silver, as on the shield of the Coast Defenses of Chesapeake Bay. Two batteries, the 112th Company (Battery A, 60th Artillery) now Headquarters Battery of this Regiment, and the 158th Company (Headquarters and Service Battery, 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion), now Batter C of this Regiment, saw service in France. These two batteries are represented by the two fleur-de-lis (lilies).
The crest is the griffin, fictitious heraldic animal noted for watchfulness and strength, half eagle and half lion, also further emphasized in the motto “Alert and Courageous.”
The coat of arms was approved on 1 November 1924. It was rescinded on 14 March 1975.