120th Infantry Regiment (United States)
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 120th Infantry Regiment
caption=120th Infantry Regiment distinctive insignia
12 September 1917-present
North Carolina Army National Guard
type= Infantry Regiment
Wilmington, North Carolina(Headquarters)
motto=Virtus Incendit Vires (Virtues Kindles Strength).
American Civil War-Bethel -North Carolina 1862 -Gettysburg -Wilderness -Spotsylvania -Petersburg -Appomattox World War I-Somme Offensive -Ypres-Lys -Flanders World War II-Normandy -Northern France -Rhineland -Ardennes-Alsace -Central Europe Iraq CampaignPhase II
identification_symbol_label=120th Infantry Regiment Coat of Arms
previous=117th Infantry Regiment
next=121st Infantry RegimentThe 120th Infantry Regiment is an
infantry regimentof the United States Army National Guard.
The unit is an organic element of the
30th Heavy Brigade Combat Teamof the North Carolina Army National Guard. Currently, 1st Battalion is the only active battalion in the Regiment and is organized as a combined arms battalionunder the Brigade Unit of Action table of organization and equipment.
Distinctive Unit Insignia
The 120th Infantry Regiment's insignia, approved on
28 June 1928, consists of a gold metal and enameldevice 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall, consisting of a shieldblazoned azure, in pale a prickly pear cactus and the entrance to the canal tunnel over the St. Quentin Canal. Attached below the shield is a blue scroll inscribed "VIRTUS INCENDIT VIRES" in gold.
The shield is blue for
infantry. The cactusrepresents service on the Mexican border as the 3rd Infantry, North Carolina National Guard. The tunnel symbolizes the mouth of the tunnel in the Hindenberg Lineat Bellicourt, France, captured by the 120th Infantry on 29 September 1918.
*"120th Infantry Regiment" The Institute of Heraldry website. [http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Inf/120InfantryRegiment.htm]
*"The Army Lineage Book Volume II: Infantry" Department of the Army.
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