The 27th Infantry Regiment’s Regimental Distinctive Insignia features the Latin phrase NEC ASPERA TERRENT, a Latin phrase that has been traditionally translated as “Difficulties Be Damned,” but which has also been rendered as “Frightened By No Difficulties,” “They Don’t Fear Hardship,” and “No Fear On Earth.” But while the precise meaning might be hard to nail down, what isn’t as murky is the outstanding record of courage and commitment displayed by the Regiment’s Soldiers ever since its original two Battalions were formed in 1901.

In addition to credit for participation in dozens of campaigns beginning with the Philippine Insurrection and continuing all the way to the War on Terrorism, the Regiment or elements of it has been awarded an astonishing five Valorous Unit Awards, four Presidential Unit Citations, four Meritorious Unit Commendations, three Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations, two Republic of Vietnam (ROV) Crosses of Gallantry with Palm and an ROV Civil Action Honor Medal First Class, and a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. Currently (2018), both the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 27th Infantry Regiment are assigned to Brigade Combat Teams of the 25th Infantry Division.

Besides the hard-to-translate motto, the 27th Infantry Regiment’s Regimental Distinctive Insignia (some refer to it as a unit crest) features the profile of a wolfhound. It was inspired by the Regiment’s combat action when it served in the American Expeditionary Force sent to Siberia in 1918 to aid the White Russians in their attempts to overthrow the recently installed Bolshevik government. Although the U.S. forces in Russia ultimately failed in their efforts, their Bolshevik counterparts were so impressed with the unrelenting pursuit methods of the 27th that they dubbed its Soldiers “Wolfhounds,” which is now officially recognized as a Special Designation for the unit.

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