THE REGIMENTAL COAT OF ARMS


ARMS: Or (Gold), on a chevron azure (blue), between a phoenix rising from its ashes in dexter chief (upper right or the shield-viewers’ left), the head of a North American Indian in war bonnet, couped (cut off) at the neck, in sinister chief (upper left or the shield viewer’s right), all proper (represented in natural colors, not conventional tints), and a yucca plant, vert (green), in base (at the bottom) seven horse shoes, heels upward of the filed.

CREST: Surmounting a knight’s helmet, a dexter (right arm embowed (bent), vested (dressed) azure (blue), the hand in a buckskin gauntlet proper (represented in natural colors, not conventional tints), grasping an old style United States Army Saber, argent (silver), hilted or (gold).

MOTTO:The Seventh First.

EXPLANATION OF THE ARMS

The field of gold (yellow, in heraldic tincture) is the color of the facings of the old blue uniform of the United States Cavalry, in existence at the time of the regiment’s organization and retained in the hat cords of the enlisted men.

The chevron, in the language of heraldry, is described as one of the “Honorable Ordinaries.” French writers upon the subject contend that its origin was that of the spur of the knight, which was originally pointed, without a rowel.

In Egypt, Phoenix was worshipped as a god, the Sun God, Ra, and periodical resurrection was viewed as a guaranty of the resurrection of the dead. In Arabia, the phoenix was fabled to be consumed by fire by its own act and to rise in youthful freshness from its ashes. This charge is embodied in the arms to commemorate the extermination of General Custer and Troops C, E, F, I, and L in the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876, and the resurrection of the regiment with its magnificent esprit de corps for which it is justly noted throughout the United States Army.

The head of the North American Indian is used in honor of a former able and valiant foe, the original native American.

The yucca plant commemorates the regiment’s service in Mexico as part of the Punitive Expedition of 1916-17.

In the crest the Cavalry Charge is symbolized. At the time of the regiment’s organization, this position of the arms and saber was known as “raise saber,” and was taken at the command “charge.”

The motto, “The Seventh First,” indicates the esprit de corps of the regiment’s personnel, in that all, enlisted and officer, place the good of the regiment first in their consideration.