Wednesday, May 2, 2012

US Army Regimental Insignia: 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Infantry

This is a next stage of the Regimental Insignia collection of my "Military Insignia 3D" project. You can check out the earlier posts: “Insignia of the “1st, 2nd and 3rdInfantry Regiments” and “Insignia of the “4th, 5th and 6thInfantry Regiments”.  This time, I was focusing exclusively on distinctive unit insignia (DUIs), and skipped coats of arms. There is a possibility, however is a fairly remote one, that I will get to those later.

The UnitedStates Army's 7th Infantry Regiment, known as "The Cottonbalers" from an incident that occurred during the Battle of New Orleans, while under the command of Andrew Jackson, when soldiers of the 7th Infantry Regiment held positions behind a breastwork of bales of cotton during the British attack. It is one of the oldest and most distinguished military formations in United States military history.
Presently the regiment consists of mechanized infantry units equipped with the M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and a Light Infantry Battalion. After a tough train-up period during 2004, the reorganized 2nd and 3rd Battalions, 7th Infantry Regiment deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom III with their respective Brigade Combat Teams (1st and 4th Brigade Combat Teams). The 3rd Battalion assumed responsibility of Western Rashid in Baghdad, an area encompassing more than 800,000 Iraqis. The 7th Infantry Regiment's most notable achievement was ensuring the security of over 100 polling sites during two Iraqi National Elections.
The Battalion redeployed to Fort Stewart, Georgia in January 2006. In 2007 the 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division was alerted for deployment to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in late 2007. The 4th Brigade, including the 3-7th Infantry, continued to serve in that country into 2008.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 18 October 1923. A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of a white cotton bale bundled with black bands in front of two crossed bayonets, points up, the bayonet hilts resting on a torse of alternating colors, white and blue; all encircled by a blue scroll, folded at each end and inscribed at top “VOLENS ET POTENS” in gold. The cotton bale and bayonets are taken from the arms of the 7th Infantry adopted in 1912.

The 8th Infantry Regiment of the United States, also known as the Fighting Eagles, is an infantry regiment in the United States Army. The 8th Infantry participated in the Mexican War, American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War and Iraq Campaign. It was constituted 5 July 1838 in the Regular Army as the 8th Infantry, and organized in July 1838 in New York, Vermont, and Michigan.
Under the command of LTC James Howard, 2–8 IN deployed in support of OIF 05-07 in November 2005. The battalion spent approximately three weeks at Camp Buehring, Kuwait conducting Reception, Staging, Integration, and Onward Movement (RSIO). In mid-December 2005 the battalion began its move north into Iraq via semi-tactical ground movement. The battalion moved north through southern Iraq, making stops along the way at NAVISTAR on the Kuwait/Iraq border, CSC CEDAR II, and CSC SCANIA before reaching FOB KALSU in northern Babil Province.
2–8 IN, in conjunction with 2nd Special Troops Battalion, and 2nd Brigade Headquarters conducted Relief in Place/Transfer of Authority with 155th AR BDE, Mississippi National Guard and 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in December 2006. 2–8 IN's area of operations included Babil Province north the Yusifiyah, south to Tounis, west to Mussayib, and east to the Ubaid. Within AO NORMANDY the major population centers controlled by 2–8 IN included Iskandariyah, Haswah, Eskan, the Hateen Apartments, Muelha, and an area known as Chaka 4 (or the Kilometers). In addition, 2–8 IN controlled a large portion of MSR TAMPA, from Checkpoint 15 all the way north to Checkpoint 22. The TALONS spent OIF 05-07 balancing kinetic operations with security and support operations, as well as keeping vital supply routes open through AO NORMANDY. Kinetic operations netted several high value targets, while security and support operations allowed the local populace to be co-opted into participating securing their villages and towns. In November 2006 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment redeployed to Fort Hood, Texas. Upon arrival at Fort Carson, 2–8 IN began training up for yet another OIF deployment. In April 2008 the battalion conducted a month-long rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California in preparation for OIF 08-09. The unit deployed from September 2008 to September 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Highlights include the relief of the Polish Army unit at Camp Echo and later the relief of the British forces in Basra. No 2-8 infantry soldiers lost their life during this deployment.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 5 November 1923. It was amended to correct the description on 28 April 1925. The shield is silver (white) with a blue bend, the Infantry colors. The three heraldic flowers on the bend are symbolic of: first, the rose, the flower of the state of New York, where the regimental headquarters was first organized; second, the hispida, the flower of the Philippines, where the regiment saw service during the Insurrection; and third, the temple flower, which is the flower of Cuba, where the 8th served during the War with Spain. The arrow and tomahawk represent the Indian campaigns in which the regiment has participated. The claw representing the maimed strength of the Prussian eagle alludes to the regiment's part in the Occupation of Germany after World War I.

The 9th Infantry Regiment ("Manchu") is one of the oldest and most decorated active duty infantry units in the United States Army. The 9th Infantry Regiment is one on the first units authorized in the United States Army. It first appeared as a result of the Act of 16 July 1798, that authorized twelve additional regiments of infantry, in January 1799. At the beginning of the century the U.S. Army dispatched the 9th Infantry Regiment to Qing China during the Boxer Rebellion and the China Relief Expedition where the regiment earned the nickname "Manchus". In early October 1917, the Manchus deployed to France as part of the famous "Indianhead" 2nd Infantry Division. During the course of the war, 9th infantrymen earned battle streamers for their colors at Lorraine, He de France, Aisne-Marne, and St. Mihiel. In 1918, the Manchu Regiment received the French Fourragère for gallantry during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. The Manchus returned to Europe and combat action during World War II. After breaking out from the beachhead at Normandy, the Manchus waged an 18 hour engagement during the Battle of the Bulge. With the Allied line established, the 9th spearheaded a 1945 drive toward the Siegfried Line. The Manchus crossed the Rhine in March 1945 and advanced rapidly through Saxony into Czechoslovakia, ending the war with many decorations including three Presidential Unit Citations. When South Korea was invaded in 1950 the Manchus returned to the Far East and the Korean Peninsula. Manchu troops were the first of the 2nd (Indian Head) Division to touch Korean soil. They were successful at Bloody Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill, and T-Bone Hill. On 14 January 1966, the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, was relieved from assignment to the 171st Infantry Brigade and assigned to the 25th Infantry "Tropic Lightning" Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. A month earlier these Manchus had been in Alaska preparing for annual winter maneuvers to be conducted in temperatures of 50 below zero. Eight weeks later the battalion was preparing for deployment to the heat and humidity of South Vietnam. After its service in the Vietnam war, the regiment was transferred back to the United States and was posted in Alaska. Early in 1989, the Manchus deployed to Panama as part of a show-of-force Operations Nimrod Dancer along with other U.S. forces. Panama was the last conflict fought by the Manchus under the 7th Infantry Division (Light).
First Battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment recently returned from a tour in Iraq, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II from August 2004 to July 2005 and subsequently based at Fort Carson, Colorado, as part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the Second Infantry Division. In November 2005, the First Battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment had the majority of their personnel transferred to the newly activated 3rd Squadron of the 61st Cavalry Regiment as part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. At the same time, the Unit Colors of the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (also a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team at the time) was transferred to Vicenza, Italy to be stationed with the 173rd Infantry Brigade (Airborne), the personnel remaining at Fort Carson, Colorado were transferred to the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry. The battalion deployed with 2nd Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 to Ramadi, successfully defeated the insurgency during Operation Murfreesboro. Upon redeployment to Fort Carson, the brigade reflagged to 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, and the battalion reflagged to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment. The Fourth Battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment was re-activated on 1 June 2006 and is assigned to the newly designated 4th Striker Combat Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, based at Fort Lewis, Washington. As the 4th Brigade is a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, this battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment is now a fully mobile mechanized infantry unit. The battalion deployed to Iraq in the spring of 2007 and engaged in combat operations in Tarmiyah, the Battle of Baqubah, and other locations throughout Diyala and Salah Ed-Din. At the same time they field tested the Army's Land Warrior next generation soldier technology. The Fourth Battalion returned from Iraq in the fall of 2010 during the last days of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 10thInfantry Regiment is a regiment in the United States Army, constituted 3 March 1855 in the Regular Army as the 10th Infantry and organized in April 1855 at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. In June 1957 the regiment was relieved from assignment to the 5th Infantry Division and reorganized as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System. In June 1989, it was withdrawn from the Combat Arms Regimental System, reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System, and transferred to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 24 Nov 1920. The Roman numeral "X" signifies the numerical designation of the regiment; the sword is representative of the dress sabers carried by the officers of the regiment when it was organized.  The circular band is indicative of the knapsack straps and waist belts, like those if the French chasseurs-a-pied, worn by the 10th Regiment in the late 1850's.  The motto is taken from an address made by Colonel Edmund B. Alexander, first colonel of the regiment, upon the occasion of the presentation of the regimental colors at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, in September 1855.  The Roman numerals "MDCCCLV" signify the year the regiment was constituted and organized.

As always, the above insignia are available on a limited number of selected quality products via my “Military Insignia” galleries at Zazzle. You may simply follow the direct links in the article to navigate to the corresponding galleries
I will also make my insignia designs available free of charge to any military units and personnel, for any non-profit/non-commercial and charitable causes, benefiting troops and their families. In addition, I would make my designs available free of charge to any military branches, formations and units for any non-commercial internal duty-specific purposes, such as unit-related web design, training materials or presentations, as I have done on numerous occasions in the past.

The above information provided in part by Wikipedia, The Institute of Heraldry, Global Security, and official websites of the above-mentioned units.


  1. i found a metal that says 1st battalion 9th regiment on the back are a bunch of country names on the border *panama*meuse-argonne*normandy*puban*sanjuan*phillipines*tien-tsin* than a flag or badge with symbols, a name plate with the name johnson & two crossed riffles. can anyone help me date this?

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