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Heraldry and Insignia of the California State Military Forces
223d Regiment (Combat Arms)
(223d Infantry Regiment, 223d Armored Infantry Battalion)
 
Current Distinctive Unit Insignia
 
 
Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per bend Argent and Azure, a fleur-de-lis, in dexter chief counterchanged, above in dexter base a sea lion holding in its dexter paw a sword palewise of the second and in sinister chief a Korean bell of the second garnished white. Attached below the shield is a silver scroll inscribed "SIEMPRE ADELANTE".
 
Symbolism: The service of the former organization, the 223d Armored Infantry Battalion, is indicated by the colors blue and white which represents Infantry. The fleur-de-lis, taken from the canton of the 185th Infantry Regiment, alludes to the descent of the 223d Armored Infantry Battalion from the 2d Battalion of that organization and also symbolizes the battalion’s World War I service. The sea lion represent service in the Philippines during World War II. The bell, for which Korea is noted, is for service in that country during that conflict.
 
Background: The insignia was originally approved for the 223d Armored Infantry Battalion on 13 Jun 1956. It was rescinded on 5 Jul 1961. On 29 Oct 1997 the description and symbolism was revised and authorized for the 223d Regiment.
 
Unauthorized Distictive Unit Insignia
 
When the regiment was formed from the 2nd Battalion of the 185th Infantry Regiment, it designed the insignia above. It is not known if this was approved by the Army, but it was widely worn by the regiment until it was broken up to form Armored Infantry Battalions. Blue is the color of infantry. The crown represents Pasadena, the "Crown City". The numeral 7 represents the 7th California Infantry, indicating decent from that regiment. The twelve point star repesents the 40th Infantry Division. The setting sun is taken from the crest of the California Army National Guard and represents California
 
Coat of Arms
 
Shield: Per bend Argent and Azure, a fleur-de-lis, in dexter chief counterchanged, above in dexter base a sea lion holding in its dexter paw a sword palewise of the second and in sinister chief a Korean bell of the second garnished white.
 
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Azure, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all proper.
 
Motto: SIEMPER ADELANTE (Always Forward).
 
Symbolism:
 
Shield: The service of the former organization, the 223d Armored Infantry Battalion, is indicated by the colors blue and white which represents Infantry. The fleur-de-lis, taken from the canton of the 185th Infantry Regiment, alludes to the descent of the 223d Armored Infantry Battalion from the 2d Battalion of that organization and also symbolizes the battalion’s World War I service. The sea lion represents service in the Philippines during World War II. The bell, for which Korea is noted, is for service in that country during that conflict.
 
Crest: The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.
 
Background: The coat of arms was originally authorized for the 223d Armored Infantry Battalion on 13 Jun 1956. It was rescinded on 5 Jul 1961. On 29 Oct 1997 the blazon and symbolism was revised and authorized for the 223d Regiment


223d Armored Infantry Battalion
 
 
Battalion Color
 
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