120th Infantry Regiment (United States)

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 120th Infantry Regiment


caption=120th Infantry Regiment distinctive insignia
dates=12 September 1917-present
country= United States
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branch= North Carolina Army National Guard
type= Infantry Regiment
role= Mechanized Infantry
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garrison=Wilmington, North Carolina (Headquarters)
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motto=Virtus Incendit Vires (Virtues Kindles Strength).
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battles=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 Campaign Phase II
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identification_symbol_label=120th Infantry Regiment Coat of Arms
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The 120th Infantry Regiment is an infantry regiment of the United States Army National Guard.

The unit is an organic element of the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the North Carolina Army National Guard. Currently, 1st Battalion is the only active battalion in the Regiment and is organized as a combined arms battalion under 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 enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall, consisting of a shield blazoned 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 cactus represents service on the Mexican border as the 3rd Infantry, North Carolina National Guard. The tunnel symbolizes the mouth of the tunnel in the Hindenberg Line at Bellicourt, France, captured by the 120th Infantry on 29 September 1918.

References

Bibliography
*"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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