5TH INFANTRY


Distinctive Unit Insignia
Coat of Arms

 
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color shield with two concave arcs at top 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in height overall with coat of arms for the organization superimposed blazoned: Argent on a fess Gules between seven muzzle-loading cannons Sable an arrow Or; all within a bordure gyronny of eight Vert and Gules alternating with gyrons of the field, on a wreath white and red an arm in armor enbowed grasping in a mailed hand Proper nine arrows Argent. Below the coat of arms is a white scroll inscribed "I'LL TRY, SIR" in silver letters.

    Symbolism: The shield is white (Argent) the color of infantry facings when the regiment was organized. The red fess with arrow commemorates the battle of Tippecanoe; the battle of Lundy's Lane is shown by the seven cannons captured there; while the border of green, white and red is for the Mexican War. The crest is a modification of the crest of General Nelson A. Miles who led the regiment in several notable Indian engagements. His crest is an arm in armor grasping an anchor; 9 arrows, one for each Indian campaign, is substituted for the anchor in the regimental crest.

    Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 28 Apr 1923. On 25 May 1970 the insignia was amended to correct the description.

Coat of Arms.

    Blazon:

        Shield: Argent on a fess Gules between seven muzzle-loading cannons Sable and arrow Or; all within a bordure gyronny of eight Vert and Gules alternating with gyrons of the field.

        Crest: On a wreath of the colors an arm, in armor enbowed grasping in a mailed hand Proper nine arrows Sable armed and flitted Gules.

        Motto: "I'LL TRY, SIR."

    Symbolism.

        Shield: The shield is white (Argent) the color of infantry facings when the regiment was organized. The red fess with arrow commemorates the battle of Tippecanoe; the seven cannons captured there show the battle of Lundy's Lane; while the border of green, white and red is for the Mexican War.

        Crest: The crest is a modification of the crest of General Nelson A. Miles who led the regiment in several notable Indian engagements. His crest is an arm in armor grasping an anchor; 9 arrows, one for each Indian campaign, is substituted for the anchor in the regimental crest.

    Background: The coat of arms was originally approved on 27 May 1921. It was amended to change the motto and history on 29 Jun 1922.
 

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