350th (Infantry) Regiment, US Army
350TH (INFANTRY) REGIMENT, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per bend Azure and Gules, a bend Argent between an ear of corn palewise partially husked and a fleur-de-lis Or.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Azure, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: FIDELITY AND SERVICE.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/16 inches (2.70cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per bend Azure and Gules, a bend Argent between an ear of corn palewise partially husked and a fleur-de-lis Or. Attached below the shield a gold scroll inscribed "FIDELITY AND SERVICE" in blue letters.
The blue of the shield is for Infantry. The bend is taken from the arms of Lorraine where the organization saw service during the World War, but the tincture has been changed. The Iowa State Flag as approved in 1921, is blue, white and red; accordingly the shield is of similar tinctures. The ear of corn alludes to "The Corn Song," the soldier's marching song of Iowa.
The arms were originally approved for the 350th Regiment Infantry, Organized Reserves on 27 March 1928. It was amended to withdraw "Organized Reserves" from the designation and delete the Organized Reserves' crest from the coat of arms for the 350th Infantry Regiment on 10 February 1954. The arms were redesignated for the 350th Regiment on 5 May 1999. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 350th Regiment Infantry, Organized Reserves, on 27 March 1928. It was amended to withdraw "Organized Reserves" from the designation on 10 February 1954. On 8 July 1954 it was amended to correct the wording. The insignia was redesignated, with the description updated, for the 350th Regiment on 5 May 1999
Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information for The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.