398th Support Battalion, US Army
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398TH SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules, between two fleurs-de-lis in base a pile Or, theron a grenade Sable enflamed of the field.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Gules, 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: Maintain might.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: a gold metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of two fleurs-de-lis side by side surmounted by a black grenade with red flames above an black undulating scroll with its ends extending behind the base of the fleurs-de-lis and inscribed with the motto "MAINTAIN MIGHT" in goild letters.
The Grenade symbolises the Unit's action during World War II, with the fleurs-de-lis representing the campaigns of normandy and Northern France. They also alludes to the Name of the Unit's first place of activation, Flora in Mississippi.
The Coat of Arms ws approved on 16 April 2007. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 21 February 1967 for the 398th Ordnance Battalion. It was redesignated for the 398th Support Battalion on 16 April 2007.
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Literature: Images and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.