Truth and Courage
While the 17th Infantry Regiment was organized on January 11th, 1812, it was consolidated with the 3rd Infantry and lost it's identity two years later until May 3rd, 1861, when it was reorganized.
The 17th Infantry Regiment was in the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War in Sykes' Division of the 5th Army Corps, the badge of which was a white cross patee, which is embodied in the coat of arms and shown on the blue field above and to the left of the stone wall.
At Fredericksburg the 17th suffered heavy losses in the assault on the famous stone wall, "For one entire day, (December 14th) the men of the 17th lay flat on their faces eighty yards in front of the famous stone wall, behind which the enemy was posted in large numbers and any movement on their part was sure to draw the fire of rebel sharpshooters.
The five-bastioned fort, shown on the blue shield above and to the right of the stone wall, was the badge of the 5th Army Corps in Cuba in 1898.
The buffalo, shown on the blue shield bellow the stone wall represents the Regiment's glorious history in the Korean war. The "Buffalo" nick name was adopted after one of the Regiments Commanding Officers in the Korean war, Col. William W. "Buffalo Bill" Quinn.
The shield is blue, being the color representing the infantry.
The Crest is a sea lion taken from the Spanish Arms of Manila for the fighting around that city in 1899.
The two arrows represent the Indian campaigns in which the 17th Regiment participated.
Peninsula Manassas Antietam Fredericksburg Chancellorsville Gettysburg Wilderness Spotsylvania Cold Harbor Petersburg Virginia 1862 Virginia 1863
Little Big Horn Pine Ridge North Dakota 1872
War with Spain
Manila Malolos San Isidro Tarlac Mindanao Luzon 1899 Luzon 1900
World War II
Aleutian Islands (with arrowhead) Eastern Mandates (with arrowhead) Leyte Ryukyus (with arrowhead)
UN Defensive UN Offensive CCF Intervention First UN Counteroffensive CCF Spring Offensive UN Summer-Fall Offensive Second Korean Winter Korea, Summer-Fall 1952 Third Korean Winter Korea, Summer 1953
Counteroffensive, Phase VII Consolidation I Consolidation II Cease-Fire
Armed Forces Expeditions
Panama (with arrowhead) Operation Just Cause: 1989-1990
Operation Iraqi Freedom: August 2005 to December 2006 Mosul and Baghdad
Operation Enduring Freedom: July 2009 to July 2010 Operation Enduring Freedom: May 2012 to May 2013
- Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered LEYTE
- Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945
- Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered INCHON
- Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1950-1953
- Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1952-1953
- Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1945-1948; 1953-1957