313th Transportation Battalion, US Army
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313TH TRANSPORTATION BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules (Brick Red), a mullet of sixteen Or, charged with a wheel of four spokes saltriewise of the first, environed by a double annulet wavy azure; on a cnaton quartered Gules and Argent a cross bontonny counterchanged.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate corps of the Army reserve; From a wreath Or and Gules (Brick Red), the Lexigton Minute Man Proper. The Statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: Over the shore.
Distinctive unit insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/( inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a gray sixteen-pointed star at its center whitin two wavy blue bands a brick red wheel surmounted overall by a quartered red and white cross botonny and all above a brick red scroll inscribed "OVER THE SHORE" in gold letters.
Brick Red and Golden Yellow are the colours of Transportation Units. The Water Terminal function is indicated by the wheel and the wavy blue bands simulating water. The Star stands for a guidance and its points to that of a compass and to a compass and to worldwide aspect of transportation. The Points further simulate the cliff lining the coast of the Pacific Island of Tinian, and allude to the Units service in that area during World War II. The red and white cross botonny is taken from the Maryland State Flag, and allude to the present Home Area of the Battalion.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 7 May 1997, and the Distinctive Unit Insignia on 5 September 1972. ___________________________________________________________
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army