92nd Field Artillery Regiment

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92nd Field Artillery Regiment
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Coat of arms
Country  United States
Branch Army
Type Field artillery
Motto(s) BRAVE CANNONS
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia 92 FA Rgt DUI.jpg

The 92nd Field Artillery Regiment is a field artillery regiment of the United States Army.

History[edit]

Korean War[edit]

At the onset of the Korean War, the 92nd Field Artillery Battalion was detached from the 2nd Armored Division and deployed to Korea as an independent battalion under the command of Lt Col. Leon F. Lavoie. At the time, the unit was equipped with 155mm M41 Gorilla self-propelled howitzers. In a conflict in which enemy units frequently infiltrated or overran forward positions, the battlefield mobility and defensive firepower and armor of M-41 units was seen as being greatly preferable to that of towed artillery units, leading Lt Col. Lavoie to advocate for the conversion of all towed artillery to self-propelled chassis.[1] The 92nd is recorded as having fired the 150,000th and 300,000th artillery shells of the war.[2]

Lineage[edit]

Distinctive unit insignia[edit]

  • Description

A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a pallet rompu Or, in sinister fess a dexter mailed clenched fist, couped at the wrist Proper. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Red scroll inscribed “BRAVE CANNONS” in Gold letters.

  • Symbolism

Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for Artillery. The mailed fist symbolizes the armored attack of the organization.

  • Background

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion on 20 June 1942. It was redesignated for the 92d Artillery Regiment on 12 November 1958. The insignia was redesignated effective 1 September 1971, for the 92d Field Artillery Regiment.

Coat of arms[edit]

  • Blazon
  • Shield

Gules, a pallet rompu Or, in sinister fess a dexter mailed clenched fist, couped at the wrist Proper.

  • Crest

On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules a castle of the first with entrance arch Sanguine and two turrets inflamed Proper the battlements between the turrets supporting a Rose of Sharon also Proper and in base a bow fesswise Sable with drawstring Or armed with a fire arrow point up palewise inflamed all Proper. Motto BRAVE CANNONS.

    • Symbolism
  • Shield

Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for Artillery. The mailed fist symbolizes the armored attack of the organization.

  • Crest

The fire arrow hurled from an arbalest, an early artillery weapon, symbolizes the mission of the battalion. The shape of the bow further alludes to the Battle of the Bulge in which the unit participated. The flames refer to the fire support provided in the Normandy invasion for which they were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. The arrow further alludes to their assault landings and the medieval castle traditionally represents the areas in which the unit fought during World War II: Europe, France and Germany. The Rose of Sharon (the Korean national flower) symbolizes service in Korea for which they were awarded the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

  • Background

The coat of arms was originally approved for the 92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion on 24 June 1942. It was redesignated for the 92d Artillery Regiment on 12 November 1958. It was amended to add a crest on 19 October 1965. The insignia was redesignated effective 1 September 1971, for the 92d Field Artillery Regiment.

Current configuration[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Institute of Heraldry document "92nd Field Artillery Regiment".

  1. ^ LaVoie, Leon F. (February 1952). "Make Mine SP: The mobility and devastating punch of the Self Propelled 155mm Howitzer, M41, paid off in Korea". United States Army Combat Forces Journal. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage". Military History Encyclopedia of the Web. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 

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