14th Field Artillery Regiment Assn

Distinctive Unit Insignia & Coat of Arms

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14th FA Distinctive Unit Insignia
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Actual image from the Institute of Heraldry

14th FA Regiment Coat of Arms
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Actual image from Institute of Heraldry. Appears on the Regiment and Battalion Flags

Click on the Coat of Arms to see the Official Description of the Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia.

 History of the 14thFA Unit Crest and Coat of Arms:
 

Reference Letter; The Institute of Heraldry, United States Army, dated 7 November 1991. SUBJECT: Distinctive Unit Insignia for the 14th Field Artillery
 
    The distinctive unit insignia for the 14th Field Artillery, amended this date to correct the description of the insignia and revise the symbolism, was:
 
    a. Originally approved for the 14th Field Artillery by letter AG 421.7, 1st Bn. 14th FA, The Adjutant General's Office, 20 October 1923.
 
    b. Redesignated for the 14th Field Artillery (Armored) by letter AG 421.7 14th FA (Armored), The Adjutant General's Office, 25 October 1940.
 
    c. Redesignated for the 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion by letter AG 421.7 14th Armd. Field Artillery Bn. The Adjutant General's Office, 30 March 1942.
 
    d. Redesignated for the 14th Artillery by letter QMACH 424.2 & 421.4 14th Arty Regt, Quartermaster Activities (forerunner of the Institute of Heraldry), 21 November 1958.
 
    e. Redesignated for the 14th Field Artillery, effective 1 September 1971, by letter AGAH-A, The Institute of Heraldry, 3 December 1971.
 
2. The description and symbolism of the design are as follows:
 
                                         DESCRIPTION
 
            A silver color metal and enamel device consisting of a red disc
            charged with a white maltese cross within a ring of fourteen
            gouttes d' eau (silver) reversed; attached above a wreath of the
            colors, silver and red, on which is a red and white American Indian
            war bonnet surmounting a silver arrow. attached below, a silver triparted
            scroll inscribed "EX HOC SIGNO VICTORIA" in black letters.
 
                                          SYMBOLISM
 
             Scarlet (red) is a color traditionally associated with Artillery units.
             The cross, a heraldic device, and utilized by the Indians in Oklahoma,
             is symbolic of the morning star and is representative of the dawn of the
             14th Field Artillery. The fourteen drops of water correspond to the
             numerical designation of the regiment. The irregular placement of the
             drops is to represent a dried peyote, a species of small cactus, one
             of the sacred emblems of the Comanche and Kiowa Indians. The war
             bonnet pierced by the arrow of Satanta, a noted Kiowa chief of the
             mid-19th century, is really a spear with feathered end and leather grip.
             Satanta was well known among all the Indians of the Fort Sill region.
 
COAT OF ARMS.
 
   Blazon:
         Shield: Gules a broad armed Maltese cross with slightly reentrant ends Argent with fourteen gouttes d'eau reversed arranged in the outline of peyote (one of the cactus family, in outline approximating a circle).
         Crest: On a wreath of colors, Argent and Gules, an American Indian war bonnet Gules and Argent over Satanta's arrow of the last.
         Motto: EX HOC SIGNO VICTORIA
    Symbolism:
         Shield: Scarlet (red) is a color traditionally associated with Artillery units. The cross, a heraldic device, and utilized by the Indians in Oklahoma, is symbolic of the morning star and is representative of the dawn of the 14th Field Artillery. The fourteen drops of water correspond to the nemerical designation of the Regiment. The irregular placement of the drops is to represent a dried peyote, a species of small cactus, on of the sacred emblems of the Comanche and Kiowa Indians.
         Crest: The war bonnet pierced by the arrow of Satanta, a noted Kiowa Chief of the mid-19th century, is really a spear with a feathered end and leather grip.
         Background: The coat of arms was orginally approved for the 14th Field Artillery regiment on 24 February 1921. It was amended to correct the blazon of the shield on 28 April 1923. It was redesignated for the 14th Armored Field Artillery battalion on 30 March 1942. It was redesignated for the 14th Artillery Regiment on 21 November 1958. Effective 1 September 1971, it was redesignated for the 14th Field Artillery Regiment. The insignia was amended to correct the blazon of the shield and revise the symbolism on 7 November 1991.
 
 
Chief Satanta was buried in a rather plain grave in Huntsville, but through the efforts of the Kiowa and Comanche, his remains were moved to Fort Sill in 1963 and his grave is now prominent in the Fort Sill Cemetery.
 

Fort Sill, Oklahoma
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We are connected by history with this great War Chief!

Chief Satanta
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Click on picture to learn about Chief Satanta