Challenge Coin – 327th Infantry
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327th Infantry Coin and its Legend
327th Infantry Regiment Coin for all members of the Regiment
Veterans of the 327th Infantry Regiment requested that a regimental coin be designed that would represent all of the members of the regiment’s past, present and future.
The front side of the coin has the regiment’s name, 327th Infantry. The 327th Infantry Regiment was activated into the regular Army 17 September 1917. The unit crest imposed onto the 327th Infantry beret flash, represents the regiment’s history. The color blue represents the infantry and the tree represents the State of South Carolina where the regiment was raised. The three fleur-de-lis represent the three campaigns in World War I. The two gray areas under the tree roots and above the regiment’s motto, “Honor and Country,” are the front of two Waco Gliders and represent the glider assault the regiment conducted during World War II in Normandy and Holland. Due to the regiments fighting ability at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, the Department of the Army awarded the regiment the official title, “Bastogne Bulldogs.” The black and gold flash denotes the 327th Infantry Regiment. This flash was worn on the blue Air Assault Beret and has just been approved for the Army’s black beret that soldiers wear today. The three mottos represent the three battalions that comprise the regiment. The first battalion motto, “Above the Rest.” The second battalion motto, “No Slack,” and the third battalion, (327th/401st) motto, “Battle Force.”
Imposed on the front side of a disk shaped in a circle representing the hole in a donut and the regiment’s stand at Bastogne. The hole (circle) is Bastogne defended by the regiment. On the back side of 327th Infantry Regiment (disk) Coin, crossed rifles represents the regiment’s infantry service with the 82nd Division in France during World War I. The Glider Badge, represents the regiment’s service in World War II as a glider unit.
In 1947 all glider units were replaced by all glider regiments being re-flagged in the Army as parachute units. The Parachute Badge was worn by parachute qualified soldiers from 1956 and when the regiment deployed to Vietnam with the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.
The regiment was re-flagged as Airmobile in 1969. During the Vietnam War the United States Army Vietnam, General Orders Number 157, dated 24 January 1972, has the 2nd battalion assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s third brigade which results in the 2nd battalion serving longer than any of the American Infantry Unit “in-country” during the Vietnam War.
In 1975 the Unit was re-flagged from Airmobile and changed to Air Assault and during the Gulf War in 1991 spearheaded and conducted the longest air assault in airborne history as a Air Assault Regiment. The Air Assault Badge is now worn by current air assault qualified members of the regiment.
Units in the 101st Airborne Division (for identity to assemble on drop and landing zones) had card symbols stenciled on the side of their helmets. The 327th Infantry wore the “Club,” the 501st Infantry the “Diamond,” the 502nd Infantry “Hearts,” and the 506th Infantry “Spades,” as seen in the HBO Mini Series, “Band of Brother’s.”
“Above the Rest” is and was the motto of the 327th Airborne Battle Group and has been the motto of the 1st battalion. Originally “Second to None,” the second battalion motto is now, “No Slack,” changed in 1967 in Vietnam. The third battalion’s motto “Battle Force,” rounds out the current three battalions of the regiment.
At one time the regiment had six battalions on active duty. And from its inception, the 327th Infantry Regiment has played a vital role in many operations, combat or otherwise. It’s long and decorated history serves as a reminder of the countless 327th soldiers who have given their lives in defense of democracy. The regiment continues to be ready to deploy worldwide in defense of the United States of America.
To the family members of my brothers, brothers in our regiment and to those who serve today, I salute you!
Above the Rest, No Slack and Battle Force.
Bastogne! (7A) Joseph M. Bossi
CSM(R) Honorary Sergeant Major 327th Infantry Regiment (deceased)