The present coat of arms was adopted by the 143d Infantry under provision of paragraph 5, Army Regulation 260-10, June 30, 1926.
The shield is azure, a bent wavy argent between an oak tree eradicated and a golden key. The crest is that for the regiments of the Texas Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors (argent and azure) a mullet argent encircled by a garland of live oak and olive proper. The motto is "ARMS SECURE PEACE."
The shield is blue for the infantry. The bent wavy represents the Regiment's service on the Mexican Border, along the Rio Grande River, and the Aisne River in France, along which the Regiment participated in operations during World War I. The oak tree symbolizes the Meuse-Argonne operation, during which the Regiment received its baptism of fire. The gold key, taken from the Army of Cuban Occupation Medal, indicates service in the Spanish-American War.
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