52nd Aviation Regiment

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52nd Aviation Regiment
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coat of arms
Active 1940
Country USA
Branch United States Army Aviation Branch
Type Aviation
Motto FLYING DRAGONS
Colors Ultramarine Blue, Golden orange
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia 52 Avn Rgt DUI.png
Aircraft flown
Attack helicopter AH-64

The 52nd Aviation Regiment is an aviation regiment of the U.S. Army.

History[edit]

Lineage[edit]

Constituted 31 May 1940 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 204th Quartermaster Battalion

Activated 10 June 1942 at Compton, California

Redesignated 1 July 1942 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 204th Quartermaster Gas Supply Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 10 December 1943 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 204th Quartermaster Battalion, Mobile

Inactivated 13 October 1945 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey

Converted and redesignated 1 August 1946 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 204th Transportation Corps Truck Battalion; concurrently activated at Fort Benning, Georgia

Redesignated 20 May 1947 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 204th Transportation Truck Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 16 May 1949 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 52d Transportation Truck Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 1 April 1954 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 52d Transportation Battalion

Inactivated 10 May 1955 in Japan

Redesignated 13 October 1955 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 52d Transportation Battalion

Activated 7 November 1955 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Converted and redesignated 22 December 1962 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 52d Aviation Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 25 January 1965 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 52d Aviation Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 25 November 1968 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 52d Aviation Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 21 June 1979 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 52d Aviation Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 16 October 1987 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 52d Aviation Battalion

Inactivated 16 October 1988 in Korea

Redesignated 16 January 1996 as the 52d Aviation, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System

Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 52d Aviation Regiment

Distinctive Unit Insignia[edit]

  • Description

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 18 inches (2.9 cm) in height overall consisting of a pair of white wings pointing upward in the center of which, between the two leading edges, is a gold color sword also point up. Placed in the center of the sword blade is a red Florentine fleur-de-lis.

  • Symbolism

The white wings represent the unit's capacity as an Aviation organization. The sword is a symbol of the Army and symbolizes the unit's combat power during World War II and the Korean War. The red fleur-de-lis of Florence alludes to World War II service in Italy.

  • Background

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 52d Aviation Battalion on 22 June 1966. It was redesignated effective 16 September 1996, for the 52d Aviation Regiment.

Coat Of Arms[edit]

Blazon[edit]

  • Shield

Azure, a vol Argent surmounted by a sword Or, overall a Florentine fleur-de-lis Gules.

  • Crest

From a wreath Argent and Azure two demi-spears with bamboo shafts saltirewise Proper between an arced branch of laurel and one of palm Or, overall a dragon passant Gules. Motto FLYING DRAGONS.

  • Symbolism
  • Shield

Blue is the primary color for Aviation. The wings are symbolic of the unit's mission. The sword represents the unit's service in World War II and the Korean War. The red fleur-de-lis of Florence represents service in Italy during World War II.

  • Crest

The dragon highlights the unit's motto and commemorates its campaign participation credits earned during World War II; red symbolizes courage and sacrifice. The bamboo spears commemorate Korean War and Vietnam service. The unit's decorations are symbolized by laurel for honor and high achievement and palm for victory.

  • Background

The coat of arms was originally approved for the 52d Aviation Regiment on 7 February 1996. It was amended to include a crest on 16 April 1996.

Current configuration[edit]

  • 1st Battalion
  • 2nd Battalion
  • 3rd Battalion
  • 4th Battalion
  • 6th Battalion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Institute of Heraldry document "52nd Aviation 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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