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61st Cavalry Regiment
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coat of arms
Active 1941 - 1945, 2004
Country United States
Branch Armor Branch (United States)
Motto(s) FORGING DESTINY
Branch color Yellow
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia Distinctive Unit Insignia 61 Cav Rgt DUI.jpg
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The 61st Cavalry Regiment is a Regiment of the United States Army first established in 2004.

History

The regiment traces its past to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, which was activated in August 1941, and a year later was deployed to England.[1] Afterwards it was deployed to North Africa, Italy, Southern France and ended the war leading the American advance into Germany.[1] After occupation duty, the battalion was deactivated, having earned ten campaign streamers and two Presidential Unit Citations.[1]

Lineage

Distinctive Unit Insignia

  • Description
    A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in diameter overall blazoned as follows: Per pale Gules and Argent, a pall Sable charged with ten mullets Or, three, three and four in pale at base, overall a rifle and a saber grips to base, saltirewise of the like and in chief a dagger point up of the last. Attached below the shield is a Black scroll inscribed “FORGING DESTINY” in Gold.
  • Symbolism
    The black pall represents the unit’s military lineage to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion and the Regiment’s determination, strength and support to accomplish the unit’s military operations. The ten stars suggest the campaign participation during World War II. Red and white are the colors used for the Cavalry’s guidon. The crossed rifle and saber suggest the combined arms and the lineage of the major elements used to create the 61st Cavalry Regiment. The dagger symbolizes the unit’s military readiness, the early warriors and the dismounted reconnaissance troop.
  • Background
    The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 14 December 2005.

Coat Of Arms

Blazon

  • Shield

Per pale Gules and Argent, a pall Sable charged with ten mullets Or, three, three and four at base, overall a rifle and saber saltirewise of the like grips to base, the rifle muzzle and the saber handgrip, pommel and part of the blade edged Gules, in chief a dagger point up Proper.

  • Crest

From a wreath Argent and Gules, between a wreath consisting of a grapevine fructed in dexter and a palm frond in sinister Proper, a stylized mountain range Argent (Silver Gray) surmounted by a panther head affronté Sable garnished Or, eyed of the first and second, crushing in its mouth a tank of the third garnished of the fourth. Motto FORGING DESTINY.

    • Symbolism
  • Shield

Red and gold are the colors traditionally used by Cavalry units. The black pall represents the unit’s military lineage to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion and the Regiment’s determination, strength and support to accomplish the unit’s military operations. The ten stars suggest the campaign participation during World War II. Red and white are the colors used for the Cavalry’s guidon. The crossed rifle and saber suggest the combined arms and the lineage of the major elements used to create the 61st Cavalry Regiment. The dagger symbolizes the unit’s military readiness, the early warriors and the dismounted reconnaissance troop.

  • Crest

The wreath, consisting of a grapevine and palm branch refers to the citation awarded the unit for campaigns in Colmar and Tunisia. The stylized mountain signifies the strength and steadfastness of the Regiment. The panther crushing the tank, adapted from the Tank Destroyer shoulder sleeve insignia, recalls the unit’s history.

  • Background

The coat of arms was approved on 14 December 2005

Current configuration

See also

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Institute of Heraldry document "61st Cavalry Regiment".

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "History of 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry". Photographs and History. The 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association. 11 July 2012. http://www.506infantry.org/duckett/161article04.html. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  • Historical register and dictionary of the United States Army, from ..., Volume 1 By Francis Bernard Heitman [2]
  • Encyclopedia of United States Army insignia and uniforms By William K. Emerson (page 51).[3]

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