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DRAPEAU  •  2nd REGIMENT OF FOOT ARTILLERY  •  1812-14

In the French Army of Napoleon, the regimental identities of the foot and horse artillery were purely administrative. On active service the artillery was allotted by batteries to the various corps, so that the batteries of a regiment did not necessarily serve together. Thus, though the artillery received eagles and colors (drapeaux), these remained at the regimental depots when the regiments took to the field.

Between 1804 and 1812 the foot artillery had square colors while the horse artillery had tailed standards; in 1812 they all received colors of the pattern depicted above, identical to those of the rest of the Army.

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GUIDON  •  511th MILITARY POLICE COMPANY

The 511th Military Police Company traces its lineage to the 1125th Military Police Company, which was constituted 12 November 1942 in the Army of the United States and activated on 1 January 1943 at Brookley Field, Alabama. After World War II service in the Pacific theater, the company was inactivated on 25 March 1946 in Japan. On  1 November 1970, the 1125th was redesignated  as the 511th Military Police Company, allotted to the Regular Army and activated at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The 511th is currently stationed at Fort Drum, New York, as a unit of the 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

The 511th Military Police Company's campaign credits include Leyte (Philippines—World War II), Panama (1989) and Iraq (2006 and 2008-09). The 511th received the Republic of the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation for its service on Leyte and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its service in Iraq in 2006.

The 511th's guidon is of the standard pattern for separate TO&E companies, with the Military Police branch insignia over the unit's numerical designation in the Military Police branch colors.

The soldiers of the 511th Military Police Company (including the daughter of the author of this site) deployed to Afghanistan on 11 September 2010 and returned to their home station on September 5, 2011. Their guidon will remain on display here in honor of the 511th's exceptional service during its Afghanistan deployment.

See also US Army Guidons of the Combat Arms.

"THE MARINES HAVE LANDED"



NATIONAL & REGIMENTAL COLORS  •  4th REGIMENT, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS  •  WORLD WAR I

At the time of the Great War, the the distinctive colors of the Marines were blue and gold rather than the now-familiar scarlet and gold. Each regiment had a National Color with U.S. MARINE CORPS in gold on the fourth red stripe, and a Regimental Color Color with a blue field bearing the USMC insignia and scrolls with the regimental designation.

During  the war, the 4th Marines were stationed in the Dominican Republic, which had been invaded and occupied by the US in 1916 following a coup. They were to remain there until 1924, when the US and Dominican governments reached agreement over a number of outstanding issues and the occupation was brought to an end. Subsequently the 4th Marines were sent to China, becoming known as the "China Marines." Shortly before the outbreak of war in the Pacific the regiment was transferred from China to the Philippines. It participated in the defense of the Corregidor Island fortress and its remnants surrendered to the Japanese with the rest of the fortress garrison on 6 May 1942.

See also The US Marine Corps in the Great War.

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TOM GREGG

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