During its World War II service, the 103rd Field Artillery Brigade—then designated the 68th Field Artillery Brigade, 43rd Infantry Division—proved that its motto of “Fight To Win” was a creed it took seriously. In addition to taking part in four campaigns in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, the Division was awarded two Arrowheads for hitting the beaches in Assault Landings in the Northern Solomons and on Luzon, and was also the recipient of a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

The Brigade’s exemplary World War II service and its Rhode Island heritage is celebrated in the design of the 103rd Field Artillery Brigade Distinctive Unit Insignia, or unit crest, rendered predominantly in the branch colors of scarlet and yellow (gold). A cannon barrel top and center has the shape of an historic field piece. At the bottom of the insignia, a rectangle interrupting blue wavy lines is a simulation of an island, a direct allusion to the Brigade’s “island-hopping” duties in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. White, blue, and gold are also the state colors of Rhode Island.

A seven-pointed star in the middle of the triangle is taken from the Australian flag and refers to New Zealand and the Solomon Island, both of which are administered by Australia. The Brigade’s assault landings are represented by two Arrowheads bookending the cannon barrel, with two more stars representing the other campaigns the Brigade fought in. The blue waves, white star, and scarlet background are a reference to the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation the Brigade received after World War II.

The 103rd Field Artillery Brigade unit crest was approved on 8 December 1971.

Related items:
103rd Field Artillery Brigade CSIB
103rd Field Artillery Brigade Unit Patch

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