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The United States Army

 

INFANTRY

 

 

"The Queen of Battle"

Branch Insignia: Two gold color crossed muskets, vintage 1795 Springfield musket, 3/4 inch in height.

Crossed muskets were first introduced into the Army as the insignia of officers and enlisted men of the Infantry on 19 November 1875 (War Department General Order No. 96 dated 19 Nov 1875) to take effect on or before 1 June 1876. Numerous attempts in the earlier years were made to keep the insignia current with the ever changing styles of rifles being introduced into the Army. However, in 1924 the branch insignia was standardized by the adoption of crossed muskets and the 1795 model Springfield Arsenal musket was adopted as the standard musket to be used. This was the first official United States shoulder arm, made in a government arsenal, with interchangeable parts, caliber .69, flint lock, smooth bore, muzzle loader. The standardized musket now in use was first suggested by Major General Charles S. Farnsworth, U.S. Army, while he was the first Chief of Infantry, in July 1921, and approved by General Pershing, Chief of Staff, in 1922. The device adopted in 1922 has been in continual use since 1924. There have been slight modifications in the size of the insignia over the years; however, the basic design has remained unchanged.

Branch Plaque: The plaque design has the branch insignia, letters and border in gold. The background is light blue.


Regimental Insignia: Personnel assigned to the Infantry branch affiliate with a specific regiment and wear the insignia of the affiliated regiment.

Regimental Coat of Arms:
There is no standard infantry regimental flag to represent all of the infantry regiments. Each regiment of infantry has its own coat of arms which appears on the breast of a displayed eagle. The background of all the infantry regimental flags is flag blue with yellow fringe.
Branch Colors:
Light blue - 65014 cloth; 67120 yarn; PMS 5415.
The Infantry has made two complete cycles between white and light blue. During the Revolutionary War, white facings were prescribed for the Infantry. White was the color used for Infantry until 1851 at which time light or saxony blue was prescribed for the pompon and for the trimming on Infantry horse furniture. In 1857, the color was prescribed as light or sky blue. In 1886, the linings of capes and trouser stripes were prescribed to be white. However, in 1902, the light blue was prescribed again. In 1917, the cape was still lined with light blue but the Infantry trouser stripes were of white as were the chevrons for enlisted men. The infantry color is light blue; however, infantry regimental flags and guidons have been National Flag blue since 1835. White is used as a secondary color on the guidons for letters, numbers and insignia.

Birthday:
14 June 1775. The Infantry is the oldest branch in the Army. Ten companies of riflemen were authorized by the Continental Congress Resolve of 14 June 1775. However, the oldest Regular Army Infantry Regiment, the 3d Infantry, was constituted on 3 June 1784 as the First American Regiment.

"I Am The Infantry"

I am the Infantry--
Queen of Battle!
For two centuries I have kept our Nation safe,
Purchasing freedom with my blood.
To tyrants,
I am the day of reckoning;
to the oppressed,
the hope for the future.
Where the fighting is thick,
there am I...
I am the Infantry!
FOLLOW ME!

I was there from the beginning,
meeting the enemy face to face,
will to will.
My bleeding feet stained the snow at Valley Forge;
my frozen hands pulled Washington across the Delaware.
At Yorktown,
the sunlight glinted from the sword
and I begrimed...
Saw a Nation born.
Hardship...And glory
I have known.
At New Orleans,
I fought beyond the hostile hour,
showed the fury of my long rifle...
and came of age.
I am the Infantry!
FOLLOW ME!

Westward I pushed with wagon trains...
moved an empire across the plains...
extended freedom's borders
and tamed the wild frontier.
I am the Infantry!
FOLLOW ME!

I was with Scott at Vera Cruz...
Hunted the guerilla in the mountain passes...
and scaled the high plateau.
The fighting was done
when I ended my march
many miles
from the old Alamo.
From Bull Run to Appomattox,
I fought and bled.
Both Blue and Gray
were my colors then.
Two masters I served
and united them strong...
proved that this nation
could right a wrong...
and long endure.
I am the Infantry!
FOLLOW ME!

I led the charge up San Juan Hill...
scaled the walls of old Tientsin...
and stalked the Moro
in the steaming jungle still...
always the vanguard,
I am the Infantry!

At Chateau-Thierry,
first over the top,
then I stood like a rock on the Marne.
It was I who cracked the Hindenburg Line...
in the Argonne,
I broke the Kaiser's spine...
and didn't come back 'till it was "over,
over there."
I am the Infantry!
FOLLOW ME!

A generation older at Bataan,
I briefly bowed,
but then I vowed to return.
Assaulted the African shore...
learned my lesson the hard way
in the desert sands...
pressed my buttons into the beach at Anzio...
and bounced into Rome
with determination and resolve.
I am the Infantry!

The English channel,
stout beach defenses
and the hedgerows
could not hold me...
I broke out at St. Lo,
unbent the Bulge...
vaulted the Rhine...
and swarmed the Heartland.
Hitler's dream
and the Third Reich were dead.

In the Pacific,
from island to island...
hit the beaches
and chopped through
swamp and jungle...
I set the Rising Sun.
I am the Infantry!

In Korea,
I gathered my strenght
around Pusan...
swept across the frozen Han...
outflanked the Reds at Inchon...
and marched to the Yalu.
FOLLOW ME!

In Vietnam,
while others turned aside,
I fought the longest fight,
from the Central Highlands
to the South China Sea
I patrolled the jungle,
the paddies and the sky
in the bitter test
that belongs to the Infantry.
FOLLOW ME!

Around the world,
I stand...
ever forward.
Over Lebanon's sands,
my rifle steady aimed...
and calm returned.
At Berlin's gates,
I scorned the Wall of Shame.
I spanned the Caribbean
in freedom's cause,
answered humanity's call.
I trod the streets of Santo Domingo
to protect the innocent.
In Grenada,
I jumped at Salinas,
and proclaimed freedom for all.
My arms set a Panamanian dictator to flight
and once more raised democracy's flag.
In the Persian Gulf,
I drew the line in the desert,
called the tyrant's bluff
and restored right
and freedom in 100 hours.
Duty called,
I answered.
I am the Infantry!
FOLLOW ME!

My bayonet...
on the wings of power...
keeps the peace worldwide.
And despots,
falsely garbed in freedom's mantle,
falter...hide.
My ally in the paddies and the forest..
I teach,
I aid,
I lead.
FOLLOW ME!

Where brave men fight...
there fight I.
In freedom's cause...
I live,
I die.
From Concord Bridge to Heartbreak Ridge,
from the Arctic to the Mekong,
to the Caribbean...
the Queen of Battle!
Always ready...
then,
now,
and forever.

I am the Infantry!
FOLLOW ME!

 

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