88th Infantry Regiment (United States)

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88th Infantry Regiment
88th Infantry COA.png
Coat of arms
Active 1941
Country  United States
Branch Army
Type Light infantry
Role Glider infantry
Motto "Ride the Storm"
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia 88 Inf Rgt DUI.png
U.S. Infantry Regiments
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The 88th Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment in the United States Army. It was created as the 88th Airborne Infantry Battalion on 10 October 1941 as the US Army's first glider infantry unit. Attached to the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, the unit was authorized a strength of 27 officers and 500 enlisted men.[1] In May 1942 it was moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and expanded into the 88th Glider Infantry Regiment.[2] All equipment and personnel assigned to the regiment were designed to be carried in the Waco CG-4A glider.

In April 1943 the regiment was assigned to the 1st Airborne Infantry Brigade along with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment and 326th Glider Infantry Regiment. Both the 88th and the 326th were organized as two-battalion regiments. The 88th was assigned to the 13th Airborne Division in December 1943 and moved to France in February 1945 but saw no combat. In March 1945 the 88th was combined with the 326th Glider Infantry Regiment to form a three-battalion 326th Glider Infantry Regiment. This was in line with the reorganization previously completed by the 17th, 82nd, and 101st Airborne Divisions.,[3]

Waco CG-4A USAF.JPG

Distinctive unit insignia[edit]

  • Description

A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a cross pendal saltirewise Argent. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver tripartite scroll inscribed “RIDE THE STORM” in Blue letters.

  • Symbolism

The shield is blue for Infantry. The symbol produces the effect of two crossed “8’s,” which may be alluded to as canting heraldry. It also has the appearance of a propeller, indicating connection with aviation.

  • Background

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 88th Infantry Airborne Battalion on 17 December 1941. It was redesignated for the 88th Infantry Regiment on 29 September 1942. The insignia was rescinded on 10 February 1959.

Jeep loading onto Waco glider.

Coat of arms[edit]

  • Blazon
    • Shield: Azure, a cross pendal saltirewise Argent.
    • Crest None.
    • Motto RIDE THE STORM.
  • Symbolism
    • Shield: The shield is blue for Infantry. The symbol produces the effect of two crossed “8’s,” which may be alluded to as canting heraldry. It also has the appearance of a propeller, indicating connection with aviation.
    • Crest None.
  • Background: The coat of arms was originally approved for the 88th Infantry Airborne Battalion on 17 December 1941. It was amended to correct the history on 23 January 1942. The insignia was redesignated for the 88th Infantry Regiment on 30 September 1942. It was rescinded on 10 February 1959.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mrazek, James E. (1990). Bart Hagerman, ed. U.S.A. Airborne: 50th Anniversary, 1940-1990. Turner Publishing Company. p. 249. ISBN 978-0-938021-90-2. 
  2. ^ Stelpflug, Peggy A.; Richard Hyatt (2007). Home of the Infantry: The History of Fort Benning. Mercer University Press. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-88146-087-2. 
  3. ^ The Thirteenth Airborne Division Shoulder Patch of the 13th Airborne Division Turner Publishing Company

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