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Object Name Certificate
Catalog Number 1995.16.01
Date ca. 1985
Material(s) Paper
Dimensions H-21.675 W-15 inches
Description This is a blank West German Border Service certificate for the Second Squadron of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. It is multi-colored with a dipiction of the border between East Germany and West Germany. The top of the certificate reads, "The Second Squadron / 11th ACR" above the Regiment's shoulder sleeve insignia placed over a banner or ribbon that says "EAGLE HORSE." The insignia depicts a shield divided diagonally from the upper right to lower left. The upper portion is red and the lower portion is white with a rearing black horse facing to the left all within a black border. Below, there is a large depiction of the border between East Germany and West Germany. Beneath the image, there is black text printed in the center of the certificate that reads, "In Recognition / Of Faithful and Efficient performance of duty on the /Demarcation Line in Western Germany this / Border Certificate / is award to / [blank margin allotted for name] / For outstanding service to the United State Army / Given under my hand and seal in Bad Kissingen, / Federal Republic of Germany. / Commanding." To the left of the text, the regiment's coat of arms is printed which depicts a yellow shield with a black border. Inside the shield are crossed bolos with red blades and blue hilts above a cactus. Above the shield is a crest with a black horse's head. Below, there is a red wreath with their regiments motto printed inside: ALLONS. In the right margin, there is another Shoulder Sleeve Insignia.
Notes On the heraldic crest, the colors red and white are the traditional Cavalry colors and the rearing black horse alludes to the “Black Horse” nickname of the 11th Armored Cavalry.

The regiment was organized in 1901 and saw service in the Philippines. This is indicated by the crossed bolos with red blades and blue hilts. The regiment rendered very good service on the Mexican Border in 1916 and this is indicated by the cactus. The regimental colors, black and yellow, are shown by the shield and the black border within the edge and by the color of the crest which shows against the yellow regimental flag. The coat of arms was originally approved for the 11th Cavalry Regiment on 25 August 1921. It was redesignated for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment on 26 November 1951.
Media Links - 2nd Squadron 11th Armored Calvary Regiment in Germany

11 Armored Cavalry Regiment Insignia
Collection Benjamin Wortham Collection
Subjects Certificates
Military life
Military regimes
Military service
Search Terms Germany
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS