Category:4th Infantry Regiment Heraldry
Coat of Arms
Shield: Vert a cross pateé Argent within a circle of fifteen mullets of the like the upper arm of the cross charged with a castle Gules, the lower arm with a fleur-de-lis, the dexter with an arrow and the sinister with a bolo both paleways all of the last. Crest: On a wreath of the colors, Argent and Vert, four plumes Vert. Motto: NOLI ME TANGERE (Don't Tread on Me).
- The green shield recalls the Mexican War.
- The National flag bore fifteen stars during the War of 1812.
- The white cross represents the service of the Regiment in the Civil War; the arrow, the Indian Wars; the castle, the War with Spain; the bolo, the Philippine Insurrection; and the fleur-de-lis, World War I.
- Prior to the approval of the coat of arms, the crest and motto were in use by the Regiment for many years.
- The coat of arms originally approved on 1924-02-26.
- It was updated on 1959-05-29.
- On 1989-09-14 it was amended to correct the inconsistencies in the blazon and symbolism of the design.
Distinctive Unit Insignia
- A gold color rectangular metal and enamel device 1⅛ inches (2.86cm) in height and 1 inch (2.54cm) in width, consisting of a scarlet background on which is centered horizontally a green stripe ⅜ inch (.95cm) in width.
- Subsequent to the Mexican War and until the blue uniform was abolished, the Band of the Fourth Infantry was authorized to wear a scarlet piping on the chevrons and trousers stripes in commemoration of the Regiment's distinguished service in the battle of Monterey in turning a captured battery of artillery against the enemy.
- The scarlet perpetuates this distinguished service of an element of the Regiment.
- Green is the predominating color of the coat of arms of the Regiment; it also symbolizes the service of the Fourth Infantry in the Mexican War.
- The metal and enamel distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 1987-12-21.
- It was amended on 1989-09-14 to revise the description and clarify the symbolism.
- Hoist: Three Feet.
- Fly: Four Feet.
- Organizational colors:
- Background: National flag blue
- Fringe: Yellow.
- Letters and Numbers: National Flag Blue
- Scrolls: Yellow
- The flag has a solid background with an embroidered American eagle displayed centered thereon, in Proper Colors.
- In its right talon the eagle holds an olive branch; in its left talon, a bundle of 13 arrows, all in proper colors.
- Its beak grasps a scroll inscribed with the unit motto.
- Below the eagle is a scroll inscribed with the designation of the organization.
- On the eagle’s breast is embroidered the shield of the coat of arms and the crest is above the eagle’s head.