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Army - 182nd Infantry, 1st Battalion (U.S.)

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[1st Bn. 182nd Infantry flag] image by Tom Gregg, 13 February 1997

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The base color for infantry colors is "national flag blue" (dark blue) instead of light blue, which is actually the infantry's first named branch color. This is a "tradition" feature, dark blue having been used for many historic U.S. Army colors.

The 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry is reputed to be the oldest military unit in the United States. It traces its ancestry back to the colonial militia bands of seventeenth-century Massachusetts and has, under one name or another, been in continuous existence since that time. Today it is a unit of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. The 182nd's coat of arms features an Indian similar to the one on the Massachusetts state flag, while the St. George's Cross in the canton recalls the regiment's origins as a colonial militia unit. The crest is the Massachusetts "Arm of God" (all National Guard units use a state crest with their coats of arms). The regimental motto translates from the Latin to "We Guard Our Ancient Honors."

Tom Gregg, 21 February 1997