The 39th Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Syracuse, New York on 1 June 1917 by transfer of veteran troops from the 30th Infrantry Regiment. In December, the 39th was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division and in the spring of 1918, sailed for France as part of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. The regiment fought with such valor and distinction during this war that it earned its famous nickname "Fighting Falcons".
During the lull between wars, the regimental crest was designed and approved. Each of the devices in the crest holds significant meaning for the regiment.
The shield is blue for infantry.
The fleur-de-lis is from the coat of arms of Soissons, a town in France recaptured by the 39th Regiment in 1918.
The two trees represent the Groves of Cresnes, the site of the regiment's first military success in France during World War I.
The boar's head on the canton is taken from the crest of the 30th Infantry Regiment and indicates the 39th was organized with personnel from the 30th Infantry Regiment.
The crest is a falcon's head, for Mount Faucon in Meuse-Argonne. The falcon holds, in its bill, an ivy leaf, from the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 4th Infantry Division to which the regiment was assigned during World War I.
The motto "D'une Vaillance Admirable" is a quotation from the French citation which awarded the Croix De Guerre with Gilt Star to the regiment for its distinguished service in World War I.
The motto best translates - "With a Military Courage Worthy of Admiration"
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C.Co. 2/39th 66-67,
2nd/plt "Slyfox Platoon",
Fort Riley to Bearcat