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Carlyle Raymond Williams

Registration number 20100426D

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Carlyle Raymond Williams (1911-1998) which are offered in memoriam and conveyed to his descendants are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Sable on a chevron cortised Bleu Celeste between in chief three antique lamps lit Argent and in base a knights helm affronte Or three Bronze Stars proper.
Crest: On a wreath of Sable and Bleu Celeste out of a mural coronet a dexter arm in armor embowed the hand grasping a California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and a Purple Iris (Genus Iridaceae) slipped and leaved proper.
Motto: Swords to Plowshares

Biographical information

Lieutenant Colonel Carlyle R. Williams (1911-1998) served in both the Tennessee National Guard and the United States Army Reserve on active duty for nearly thirty years. He was a veteran of both World War 2 and the Korean War, having earned three Bronze Stars, two with "V" device for valor in combat. He retired first to California, then to his native Tennessee, where he raised three children, two sons and a daughter.

Design rationale

The Arms: The celeste-blue is the color of infantry, the branch in which he served. The chevron is in honor of the enlisted men, in which he began his service, ultimately ending as an officer (Lieutenant Colonel). The three stars signify the three Bronze Stars awarded to him by the Army. The three white antique lamps reference the three Lamps of Learning in the coat of arms of the Command and General Staff College, of which he was a graduate. Finally, the gold helm references the Williams name proper, which derives from Old French for "gold helm."

The Crest: The Crest: Military officers in ancient Rome were award mural coronets for heroism. The California Poppy is the state flower for the State of California, while the Purple Iris is the state flower of the State of Tennessee. An arm armored is the symbol of strength.

Motto: The armiger went from serving in the Army (swords) to being a farmer (plowshares).

Registered by

Daniel Williams


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