Unit insignia one of life’s little mysteries
As I was getting ready for church this morning and affixing my US flag lapel pin to my jacket, I happened to look closer into the tin I keep my various pins in and took notice of a pin I’ve carried around parts of northern Ohio and northern Virginia for somewhere around 30 years. As I studied the design and the motto at the bottom of the pin I realized that while I suspected it was military in nature, I really had no idea what it signified. I think I got it from my older brother, but where he acquired it from or why is completely unknown to me. Upon my return home, I brought it down to my computer with me this morning and did a search on the motto shown at the bottom in this picture:
“Coelis Imperamus” means “We Rule the Heavens.” Interesting.
This insignia is that of the US Army’s 60th Artillery Regiment, known at various times also as the 60th Air Defense Regiment, or ADA. The 60th apparently has a long career, beginning back in 1898 and serving at various times as coastal defense in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. They were deployed in WWI in France and, after several reorganizations, wound up on the island of Corregidor at the mouth of Manila Bay. It was there that they defended the island against the Japanese in WWII and there that the unit was forced to surrender in May 1942.
The modern 60th was reformed in 1958 as a Nike-Ajax anti-aircraft missile brigade.
All very fascinating, but why do I have one of their insignia? I have an ancestor whose records show was enlisted in the Army in the late stages of WWI. I know he was trained as an artillerist but I don’t know the unit. Could this have been his? Is it possible I’ve been lugging around a piece of my ancestor’s legacy all these years and not known it? One of life’s little mysteries, I’m afraid, but I’m not done with this one yet. More to come if I find it.
To that end, if anyone can tell me if the 60th ADA is still an active unit I’d appreciate it!
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