214th Field Artillery Regiment

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214th Field Artillery Regiment
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Coat of arms
Active 1939
Country  United States
Branch Georgia Army National Guard
Size Regiment
Motto(s) "We Hear and Strike"
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Colonel Joseph P Fairfax
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia 214 FA Rgt DUI.jpg

The 214th Field Artillery is a regiment in the Georgia National Guard.

History[edit]

Lineage[edit]

Constituted 29 October 1939 as 214th Coast Artillery (AA)(Coast Artillery Corps) from the following units-

  • HHB from ?
  • 1st Battalion from new
  • 2nd Battalion from 3rd Battalion, 122nd Infantry

Inducted into federal service 25 November 1940

Regiment broken up at Guadalcanal, 11 November 1943 as follows-

  • HHB as HHB 214th Antiaircraft Artillery Group
  • 1st Battalion as 528th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion
  • 2nd battalion as 950th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion
  • 3rd Battalion as 250th Antiaircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion
  • 528th consolidated with 101st AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion 19 July 1946
  • 250th, 950th, and 101st consolidated with 214th Artillery 1 July 1959 a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System to consist of the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Gun Battalions, the 3rd Automatic Weapons Battalion, and the 5th Detachment.
  • reorganized on 1 May 1962 to consist of the 1st Howitzer Battalion, the 3rd Automatic Weapons Battalion, and the 5th Detachment.
  • reorganized 16 April 1963 to consist of the 1st Battalion, an element of the 48th Armored Division
  • reorganized 1 January 1968 to consist of the 1st and 2nd Battalions.
  • redesignated on 1 May 1972 as the 214th Field Artillery.
  • withdrawn on 1 June 1989 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System.

Distinctive unit insignia[edit]

  • Description

A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 18 inches (2.9 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a chevronel debased Azure fimbriated Or, below three shell bursts one and two of the third. Attached below and to the sides of the shield is a Gold scroll inscribed “WE HEAR AND STRIKE” in Red letters.

  • Symbolism

The shield is scarlet, the color of the Coast Artillery Corps. The chevronel is blue representing the Infantry service of some of the units, indicating strength. The three shell bursts represent the mission of the Anti-Aircraft Artillery.

  • Background

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 214th Coast Artillery (AA) on 2 July 1940. It was redesignated for the 950th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 7 March 1951. It was redesignated for the 214th Artillery Regiment on 25 April 1961. The insignia was redesignated for the 214th Field Artillery Regiment on 31 July 1972.

Coat of arms[edit]

Blazon[edit]

  • Shield

Gules, a chevronel debased Azure fimbriated Or, below three shell bursts one and two of the third.

  • Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Georgia Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a boar’s head erased Gules, in the mouth an oak branch Vert fructed Or.

  • Motto "We Hear and Strike"

Symbolism[edit]

  • Shield

The shield is scarlet, the color of the Coast Artillery Corps. The chevronel is blue representing the Infantry service of some of the units, indicating strength. The three shell bursts represent the mission of the Anti-Aircraft Artillery.

  • Crest

The crest is that of the Georgia Army National Guard.

Background[edit]

The coat of arms was originally approved for the 214th Coast Artillery (AA) on 2 July 1940. It was redesignated for the 950th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 7 March 1951. It was redesignated for the 214th Artillery Regiment on 25 April 1961. The insignia was redesignated for the 214th Field Artillery Regiment on 31 July 1972.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Antiaircraft Artillery Battalions of the U.S. Army (Volumes 1,2) 1991 by James A. Sawicki ISBN 0-9602404-7-0

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