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15th Coast Artillery Regiment
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Coat of arms
Active 1924 - 1944
Country United States
Branch Army
Type Coast artillery
Role Harbor defense
Size Regiment
Motto(s) "Littore Sistimus"
Mascot(s) Oozlefinch

The 15th Coast Artillery Regiment was a Coast Artillery regiment in the United States Army.

History[edit | edit source]

Lineage 1[edit | edit source]

Constituted and organized October 1918 at Fort Crockett, but demoblized in November 1918.

Lineage 2[edit | edit source]

Constituted 27 February 1924 as 15th Artillery (HD) Coast Artillery, and organized 1 July 1924 at Fort Kamehameha from the following Companies- 185th 125th, 91st, 143rd, 184th, 86th, and 95th.

  • only HHB, and Batteries A, B, and C activated.
  • 2nd Battalion HHB, and Batteries G, H, and I, constituted 4 February 1932 but not activated
  • 1st and 2nd Battalion HHBs, and Batteries D, E, and G activated 1 August 1942
  • Battery F activated 22 May 1943 at Salt Lake, Hawaii
  • Battery H activated 29 May 1944 at Fort Kamehameha.

Regiment disbanded on 15 August 1944, and broken up as follows-

  • 15th Coast Artillery Group (later, 1950, consolidated as 15th Antiaircraft Artillery Group)
  • 53rd Coast Artillery Battalion
  • 54th Coast Artillery Battalion

Distinctive unit insignia[edit | edit source]

  • Description

A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/32 inches (2.62 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a chevron paly of eight Argent, of the field (Gules), Azure and repeated, the ordinary fimbriated Or. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “LITTORE SISTIMUS” in Blue letters.

  • Symbolism

The shield is red for the Artillery and the chevron is in the colors of the old royal Hawaiian flag, which also appeared in the arms of the Coast Defenses of Pearl Harbor. The motto translates to “We Take Our Stand On The Shore.”

  • Background

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 15th Coast Artillery Regiment on 17 April 1925. It was redesignated for the 15th Artillery Group on 2 June 1966.

Coat of arms[edit | edit source]

Blazon[edit | edit source]

  • Shield

Gules, a chevron paly of eight Argent, of the field (Gules), Azure and repeated, the ordinary fimbriated Or.

  • Crest

On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a cannon palewise Gules, between two dolphins hauriant, dexter and sinister, Or, langued of the first. Motto: LITTORE SISTIMUS (We Take Our Stand On The Shore).

Symbolism[edit | edit source]

  • Shield

The shield is red for the Artillery and the chevron is in the colors of the old royal Hawaiian flag, which also appeared in the arms of the Coast Defenses of Pearl Harbor.

  • Crest

The crest shows the big gun supported by the dolphins - the king of fishes - indicating the command of the coast.

Background[edit | edit source]

The coat of arms was approved for the 15th Coast Artillery Regiment on 16 April 1925. It was rescinded/cancelled on 26 December 1974.

Campaign streamers[edit | edit source]

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Decorations[edit | edit source]

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See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Institute of Heraldry document "15th Coast Artillery Artillery".

  • Historical register and dictionary of the United States Army, from ..., Volume 1 By Francis Bernard Heitman [1]
  • Encyclopedia of United States Army insignia and uniforms By William K. Emerson (page 51).[2]
  • [3] linage
  • [4] page 123
  • Coast Artillery Journal June 1927 Page 541 [5]
  • Defenses of Pearl Harbor and Oahu 1907-50 [6]

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