Regimental Coat of Arms and Distinguished Unit Insignia
Coat of Arms

7th Infantry Regiment Coat of Arms


Shield:  Per fess Argent and Azure, a fess embattled to chief Or masoned Sable between in chief a field gun Gules on a mount Vert and in base three bendlets sinister of the first.

Crest:  On a wreath of the colors (Argent and Azure), a cotton bale Argent banded Sable in front of the two bayonets in saltire Or.

Motto:  VOLENS ET POTENS (Willing and Able).


Shield:  The shield is white and blue, the old and present Infantry colors. The field gun is for the battle of Cerro Gordo, where the 7th participated in the decisive attack by an assault on Telegraph Hill, a strongly fortified point. This portion of the shield is in Mexican colors--red, white and green. The wall is for the battle of Fredericksburg in which the Regiment held for twelve hours a position only eighty yards in front of a stone wall protecting the enemy. The base alludes to the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 3d Division with which the 7th Infantry served during World War I.

Crest:  The cotton bale and bayonets in the crest are taken from the arms of the 7th Infantry adopted in 1912.

Coat of Arms Background:  The coat of arms was originally approved on 5 July 1921. It was amended on 15 Oct 1923 to add a new crest.

Distinguished Unit Insignia

7th Infantry Regiment Distinguished Unit Crest

Description:  A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18cm) in height overall consisting of the crest and motto of the coat of arms.

Symbolism:  The cotton bale and bayonets are taken from the arms of the 7th Infantry adopted in 1912.

Distinguished Unit Insignia Background:  The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 18 Oct 1923. It was revised 13 Mar 1973 to clarify description and symbolism.

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