The 116th Infantry Regiment looks to 1741 as its date of origin, when the Augusta County Regiment of the Virginia Regiment was organized at Beverley’s Mill Place. Elements of the Regiment took part in a dozen Revolutionary War campaigns, from the battle of Brandywine up through the fighting in North Carolina in 1781. Because it was formed in the Virginia militia, the Regiment fought on the Confederate side during the Civil War (hence the nickname “Stonewall Brigade”); it was not called up for active Federal service until World War I. In the 20th century, the Regiment has taken part in campaigns in both the First and Second World War, the War on Terrorism, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
The 116th Infantry Regiment’s Regimental Distinctive Insignia, or unit crest, reflects the fact that some of the units included in its lineage fought for both the Union and Confederate Armies, with blue, gray, and white used to color the saltire in the middle of the shield. A single fleur-de-lis above the saltire represents the service of the 2nd Battalion (Lynchburg Home Guard) in France during World War I.

Guidance for wear of the Regimental Distinctive Insignia on the Army Service/Dress and Mess/Evening Mess uniforms can be found in DA 670-1.

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