14th Psychological Operations Battalion, US Army
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14TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BATTALION, US ARMY
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Vert, two swords saltirewise Argent (Silver Gray), blades as lightning flashes points to chief surmounted by a sun Or, radiant of fourteen Gules, fimbriated Yellow, charged with two fusils Sable, surmounted by a fusil per saltire Argent and of the second.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Vert, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: VINCERE PERSUADENTES.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold colored base metal and enamel insignia 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a gold sun radiating fourteen tongues of flame and bearing two black diamonds conjoined, surmounted by a white diamond, those areas overlapping the black counterchanged gray; all in front of a red disc 1 inch (2.54cm) in diameter.
Bottle green and silver gray are the colors associated with Psychological Operations units. The two swords with lightning flashes as blades indicate the unit's two campaign credits for World War II, Rhineland and Ardennes-Alsace. The rays of the sun are fourteen, alluding to the organization's designation, and indicate the propaganda function of the unit. The fusils are black and white with gray at the overlap and represent the three degrees of propaganda: truth, falsehood, and areas in between. The red tongues of fire from the sun symbolize the need for Psychological Operations activities during conflict and allude to the battalion's Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded for action in the Pacific theater, 1968-1970.
The coat of arms was originally aapproved on 26 December 1996. It was amended on 30 January 1997 to change the motto. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 15 June 1966.
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