136th Infantry Regiment, Minnesota Army National Guard

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Official blazon

Azure, a bear cat rampant Argent langued Gules between in fess a five-pointed mullet and a gopher sejant Or; on a chief of the second a saltire couped of the field.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Minnesota Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors (Argent and Azure), a sheaf of wheat Proper.
Motto: Rex Montis (King of the Hill)

Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Silver color and enamel device 1⅛ inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a bear cat rampant Argent between in fess a five-pointed mullet and a gopher sejant Or; on a chief of the second a saltire couped of the field. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "REX MONTIS" in Blue letters.

Origin/meaning

The consolidation of the former 217th Coast Artillery Regiment with the 136th Infantry Regiment is depicted in the design: The bear cat is from the coat of arms of the 136th Infantry Regiment, World War II; the star and gopher are from the coats of arms of the former 205th and 206th Infantry Regiments, predecessors of the 217th Coast Artillery Regiment. The chief, bearing a saltire, is incorporated in this coat of arms to symbolize the Civil War service of the original 136th Infantry Regiment. The shield is blue for Infantry.

The Coat of Arms and distinctive Unit Insignia, was both approved on 14 November 1951.


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