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73rd Cavalry Regiment
73rd Cavalry Regiment coat of arms
Active 1941
Country United States
Branch Regular Army
Part of USARS
Nickname(s) Airborne Thunder (Special Designation)[1]
Distinctive Unit Insignia 73rd Cavalry DUI.jpg
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The 73rd Cavalry Regiment is a Cavalry Regiment in the U.S. Army, first formed in 1941.


The 4 squadrons of the 73rd Cavalry Regiment ("Airborne Thunder"[1]) provide reconnaissance, surveillance & target acquisition (RSTA) to the four Brigade Combat Teams of the 82nd Airborne Division. 3rd Squadron is assigned to 1st Brigade. 1st Squadron is assigned to 2nd Brigade. 5th Squadron is assigned to 3rd Brigade, and 4th Squadron is assigned to 4th Brigade. There is currently no 2nd Squadron, nor is there a regimental command.

Formerly organized as the 73rd Armor Regiment, the 3rd Battalion had provided M551 Sheridan tanks to support the 82nd Airborne Division until after Operation Desert Storm.


Constituted 13 January 1941 in the regular army as the 76th Tank Battalion

  • Redesignated 8 May 1941 as the 756th Tank Battalion

Activated 1 June 1941 at Fort Lewis Washington

Activated 1 August 1948 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

  • Reorganized and redesignated 15 January 1948 as the 756th Heavy Tank Battalion, and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division (United States)
  • Reorganized and redesignated 14 July 1950 as the 73d Tank Battalion, and relieved from assignment to the 3d Infantry Division

Assigned 10 November 1951 to the 7th Infantry Division (United States)

  • Inactivated 1 July 1957 in Korea and relieved from assignment to the 7th Infantry Division.

Reorganized and redesignated 2 October 1962 as the 73d Armor a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System.

Current status

The four currently active squadrons are all subordinated to the four Brigade Combat Teams of the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

  • 1st Squadron is the Cavalry Squadron of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team
  • 3rd Squadron is the Cavalry Squadron of the 1st Brigade Combat Team
  • 4th Squadron is the Cavalry Squadron of the 4th Brigade Combat Team
  • 5th Squadron is the Cavalry Squadron of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team

Coat Of Arms


  • Shield

Per fess Azure and Gules, on a fess Or a hand in armor grasping a bolt of lightning, both Vert.

  • Crest

On a wreath of the colors Or and Azure, issuing from a flame of six tongues, three to dexter and three to sinister, charged with an arrowhead Argent within a crescent Vert, the head of a mace formed by a Korean Taeguk. Motto HONOR, FIDELITY, COURAGE.

    • Symbolism
  • Shield

The shield is divided red and blue per fess, with a fess of gold thereon, which are the three colors of the shoulder sleeve insignia of the armored tank forces. The lightning bolt is symbolical of the striking power of the organization.

  • Crest

The six tongues of the flames represent the unit’s six decorations. The crescent and arrowhead symbolize the Algeria-French Morocco and southern France assaults, World War II, and the colors red and green are used to represent the French Croix de Guerre awarded for the Italian campaigns. The mace in the arms of Colmar suggested the mace head to refer to that campaign. The Taeguk represents the Korean War and the three Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations from that nation. The mace also alludes to the striking power of armor.

  • Background

The coat of arms was originally approved for the 756th Tank Battalion, Light on 15 May 1942. It was redesignated for the 756th Tank Battalion on 22 November 1943. The insignia was redesignated for the 73d Tank Battalion on 23 October 1953. It was redesignated for the 73d Armor on 19 March 1963. It was amended to add the crest on 15 December 1965. It was redesignated effective 25 February 2004, for the 73d Cavalry Regiment.

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Institute of Heraldry document "73d Cavalry Regiment".

  • Historical register and dictionary of the United States Army, from ..., Volume 1 By Francis Bernard Heitman [1]
  • Encyclopedia of United States Army insignia and uniforms By William K. Emerson (page 51).[2]

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