126th Field Artillery Regiment, Wisconsin Army National Guard
126TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, WISCONSIN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
Shield: Per pale Or and Gules, two chevronels counterchanged in dexter chief a horse’s head erased with an annulet Sable.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Wisconsin Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a badger couchant Proper.
Motto: FOLLOW ME.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of the shield, crest and motto of the coat of arms.
Yellow (Or) for the Cavalry service, is impaled with the scarlet for the regiment’s conversion into Field Artillery during World War I. The two chevronels represent the two chevrons of a year’s overseas service. The ringed horse’s head device is that of the Light Horse Squadron, organized in Milwaukee in 1880, in which the regiment had its origin. The motto “FOLLOW ME” is the keynote of modern Cavalry tactics.
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 105th Cavalry Regiment (1st Wisconsin National Guard) on 30 January 1923. It was redesignated for the 126th Field Artillery Battalion, Wisconsin National Guard on 19 May 1942. It was redesignated for the 126th Artillery Regiment, Wisconsin Army National Guard on 30 December 1963. The insignia was amended to correct the wording on 12 February 1964. The coat of arms was redesignated for the 126th Field Artillery Regiment, Wisconsin Army National Guard on 27 September 1972. The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 7 June 1973.
Literature: image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army
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