142nd Support Battalion, US Army
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142ND SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Buff, two keys saltirewise wards up and out Or, surmounted by a Taeguk Gules and Azure, over all a sword palewise point to chief of the second.
Crest: From a wreath Or and Buff a mill rind Gules interlaced by a scimitar and a sword hilts to base saltirewise and an African quiver containing a tufted arrow palewise and charged with a Taeguk Proper.
Motto: Support for strength.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in width overall, consisting of two gold keys in saltire overlapping a buff disc bearing at its center a Taeguk overall in pale a gold sword point up with its handle in front of the motto scroll at base: surrounding the buff disc a blue continuous scroll inscribed "SUPPORT FOR STRENGTH" in gold letters.
Buff is a colour traditionally associated with Supply and Service and Quartermaster organisation, the allocations of the Units. The gold key reflect control over supplies and refer to the Unit's origin as the 142nd Quartermaster Battalion. The Taeguk reflects the Service in the Korean War. The Sword alludes to the Motto and combat participation. The Mill rind symbolises Support. World War II campaigns in Europe, Africa and the Middle East are recalled by the straigth sword, quiver with arrow and the scimitar respectively. The Taeguk refers to service during the Korean War.
The coat of Arms was approved for the 142nd Supply and Service Battalion on 18 February 1993. It was redesignated for the 142th support Battalion with symbolism revised on 23 June 1993. It was amended to include a crest on 16 October 2006. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved for the 142nd Supply and Service Battalion on 10 February 1981. It was amended to include metric measurments in teh descirption and revised the symbolism on 18 February 1993. The Insignia was redesignated for the 142nd Support Battalion with description revised on 23 June 1993.
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Literature: Images from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.