Coat of Arms
The Regiment was organized in 1901 and
saw service in the Philippines, indicated by
crossed bolos with red blades and blue hilts. A green cactus plant symbolizes the Regiment's service on the Mexican border
and in General Pershing's Punitive Expedition in 1916. The Regiment's symbol, a black horse, is represented by a horse's head
above the crest. The colors of the Regiment, black and gold, are prominent throughout the coat of arms. The unit motto. ALLONS
or "Let's Go", underscores the design. It was adopted by the Secretary of War on 12 December 1934
Since it was only a regiment, the 11th
Armored Cavalry Regiment was not authorized a shoulder patch when it first came to the Republic of Viet Nam. Because of our mission and our area of operations as an independent unit, the Chief of Staff,
General Harold K. Johnson, in February 1967 authorized us to wear our own distinctive patch. We chose traditional Cavalry
colors of red and white for the background and a rearing black horse to symbolize our nickname of the Blackhorse Regiment.
Shown at left is the original Blackhorse patch. The age of political correctness has modified the patch worn by the Regiment
today to delete the obvious stallion features.