Coat of Arms
This regiment was originally organized on the Island of Oahu in the Territory of Hawaii,with personnel from the 1st and 2nd Infantry Regiments. These organizations are shown on the canton, the lion indicating that both regiments took part in the War of 1812. The central device is taken from the Royal Hawaiian arms to symbolize the regiment's birthplace.
The puela was an ancient Hawaiian banner with many uses, one of which was in front of the king's tent leaning against two crossed spears (called alia) to indicate both tabu and protection; a saltire cross replaced the spears on the Hawaiian arms.
The colors of the crest are the Royal Hawaiian colors. The crest is an ancient Hawaiian war bonnet known as a mahiole. The blue background indicates Infantry.
The distinctive insignia is the shield and crest of the coat of arms. The motto was at inception, "The Queen's Own." The last Monarch, Queen of Hawaii, Liliuokalani, created the motto when she saw the 32nd on parade and said, "they are my regiment."
The history of the regiment: Constituted 1 July, 1916 as 32nd Infantry, Regular Army; organized 7 August at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Campaigns: WW I, Transport of German prisoners; WW II, Aleutian Islands; Eastern Mandated; Leyte; Ryukyus.
Korean War, UN defensive; UN offensive; CCF intervention; First UN counteroffensive; CCF Spring offensive; UN Summer/Fall offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea Summer/Fall 1952; Third Korean Winter; Korea Summer 1953; Panama 1989.
From 1957 to 1998 the regiment was reorganized and re-designed several times over the years as part of the 7th Infantry Division stationed at Ft. Ord. California. From 1973 to 1974 the only remaining Battalion (the 1st) was commanded by future Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, then LTC Colin Powell. By 1985 the unit was inactivated and then reactivated as a basic training unit at Ft. Benning, Georgia from 1987 to 1994.
Of the original regiment, only the 1st Battalion remains as an active duty unit. As of 2015, the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment is light infantry, assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, garrisoned at Fort Drum, New York.