Heraldry and Insignia of the California
State Military Forces
159th Infantry Regiment (5th California)
Design Approved: 9 August 1927
Symbolism: The shield is blue for infantry.
The three piles refer to the three periods of Federal service
and each pile is charged with a device representive of the service
in which the regiment engaged:
The cactus for Mexican
The sword for service during the War with
The fleur-de-lis for service during in
France during World War I.
Motto: Unity for Service
Branch Insignia. Post World War II
II Enlisted Collar Insignia, Post World War I
Regiment Color (California State Capitol Museum)