U.S. ARMY 136TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT UNIT CREST

The 136th Field Artillery was constituted in June 1936 in the Ohio National Guard and assigned to the 37th Division (later designated the 37th Infantry Division). Nearly ten months elapsed from the unit’s induction into Federal Service in October 1940 before the Distinctive Unit Insignia, or unit crest, for the 136th Field Artillery Regiment was approved; it was redesignated for the 13th FA Battalion on 25 August 1942, then redesignated once again for the 136th FA Regiment in 1960 and, unbelievably, again in 1972.

The unit crest is about as a subtle as a walking barrage. On a red shield (red is the color of Artillery) is a golden powder charge and, beneath it a similarly colored rammer. Beneath this imagery is the encouragement “Push On,” which could be a generic exhortation to keep up a fight or, more likely, a precise instruction on what how to deal with the powder charge using the rammer. According to multiple reliable sources, both the rammer and powder charge are unique to the 155mm howitzer that was used with such efficacy in World War II.
 
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