141st Signal Battalion, US Army

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141ST SIGNAL BATTALION, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the 141st Signal Battalion, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Per fess abased dancette Sable and Tenné, in chief between two flames a fire arrow fesswise Argent.
Crest: From a wreath Argent and Sable a circlet of steel flammant superimposed by two demi-spears palewise Proper.
Motto: ENSE ET VOCE (With Sword and Voice).

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess abased dancette Sable and Tenné, in chief between two flames a fire arrow fesswise Argent. Below the shield is a silver scroll inscribed "ENSE ET VOCE" in black letters.

Origin/meaning

The colors orange and white are for the Signal Corps. The black area represents Africa, the dark continent. The fire arrow, an early signaling device, represents the mission and battle experience of the unit. The mountainous terrain of Italy, where the unit served during World War II, is represented by the jagged division of the lower part of the shield. Crest: The flaming circlet of steel commemorates the unit's service in Southwest Asia. The steel underscores the strength and resolve of the U.S. Army troops and materiel in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The flames allude to a signal fire or beacon and denote zeal and action. The spears represent combat readiness and participation in two wars, World War II and Southwest Asia.

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit insignia was originally approved on 31 Jan 1962. The Coat of Arms was amended to add the crest on 11 Jan 1999.


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Literature:Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry.