180th Transportation Battalion, US Army
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180TH TRANSPORTATION BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per fess Celeste and Gules, issuing from base two piles reversed to fess point Or, in chief a royal crown Proper.
Crest: From a wreath Or and Celest a mural crown of five Proper interlaced by two annulets fesswise Gules and Argent interlaced by an annulet Or and issuing from the crown a plam tree Vert.
Motto: Rex Viae (King of the Road)
Distingtive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold clor metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a gold steering wheel with four spokes and light blue rim, the four interstices and hub brick red all below two gold scrolls one above the onther and bearing a gold fleur-de-lis finial, the scrolls inscribed "REX VIAE" in black letters.
Brick Red and golden yellow are the colours associated with the Transportation Corps. The blue upper part of the shield reflecte the Battalion's origin as a Quartermaster Unit. The reversed piles in base suggets two roads alluding to the Transportation Mission. They also divide the base into five sections suggesting the five campaign credits for World War II. The Crown alludes to the Motto. It is topped by a Fleur-de-lis signifying service in the European Theater during World War II. The Annulets in the Crest symbolises Transportation. The Red one symbolises the Mertitorious Unit Commendation awarded for service in Southwest Asia. The Palm Tree symbolises Defence of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 14 October 1992, and amended to add a Crest on 9 April 1997. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 24 October 1967. It was ammended to includ metric measurements and revise the symbolism of the design on 14 October 1992. ___________________________________________________________
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army