51st Coast Artillery Regiment (United States)

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51st Coast Artillery Regiment
51st Coast Artillery coa.jpg
Coat of arms
Active1917
Country United States
BranchArmy
TypeCoast artillery
RoleTractor drawn
SizeRegiment
Motto"En Avant" (Forward)
MascotOozlefinch
Equipment155mm gun
 
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51st Coast Artillery Regiment
51st Coast Artillery coa.jpg
Coat of arms
Active1917
Country United States
BranchArmy
TypeCoast artillery
RoleTractor drawn
SizeRegiment
Motto"En Avant" (Forward)
MascotOozlefinch
Equipment155mm gun

The 51st Coast Artillery Regiment was a Coast Artillery regiment in the United States Army.

History[edit]

Lineage[edit]

Constituted in July 1917 under the designation of the 6th Provisional Regiment, Coast Artillery Corps at Fort Adams from the following companies-

arrived in France 11 September 1917 and Redesignated 51st Artillery Coast Artillery Corps on 5 February 1918. (In August 1918 the Railway Artillery Reserve was reconstructed and Coast Artillery Regiments reorganized to conform to standardized Field Artillery configurations)

51st coast artillery arrived New York city 3 February 1919 and moved to Camp Mills then reassigned to Fort Hamilton, then reassigned on 15 October 1919 to Camp Jackson, SC.

On 22 October 1921 51st Artillery reassigned to Camp Eustis, VA.

51st Coast Artillery reassigned to Fort Monroe on 8 May 1931.

51st Coast Artillery Regiment Redesignated 51st Coast artillery (155mm Gun)(Semi-Mobile) Regiment on 8 March 1942, and 2nd Battalion authorized.

HHB 1st Battalion, Battery B and Battery G reassigned to Port of Spain, Trinadad on 8 December 1943 followed by 2nd Battalion HHB, and Batteries A, C, and D.

On 1 June 1944 the regiment is broken up into Battalions as Follows-

On 28 February 1946 51st and 52nd Coast artillery Battalions deactivated and disbanded.

Distinctive unit insignia[edit]

A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules on a bend Or a caterpillar passant Vert.

The field of the shield is red, the Artillery color. Service in Lorraine is shown by the bend, a distinctive feature of the Lorraine arms, “Or, a bend Gules,” reversing the tinctures. The caterpillar on the bend symbolizes the tractor.

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 16 March 1922.

Coat of arms[edit]

Blazon[edit]

Gules, on a bend Or a caterpillar passant Vert.

On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a lion’s face Gules jessant-de-lis Or. Motto "En Avant" (Forward).

Symbolism[edit]

The field of the shield is red, the Artillery color. Service in Lorraine is shown by the bend, a distinctive feature of the Lorraine arms, “Or, a bend Gules,” reversing the tinctures. The caterpillar on the bend symbolizes the tractor.

The lion’s face of the crest commemorates the initial war service of Battery “A” (formerly Battery “A,” 1st Artillery) which took part in the War of 1812, and the fleur-de-lis symbolizes the organization of the Regiment for service in France.

Background[edit]

The coat of arms was approved on 5 February 1920.

Campaign streamers[edit]

unknown

Decorations[edit]

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