40th Military Police Battalion, US Army
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40TH MILITARY POLICE BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield : Sable, between two demi-elephants statant addorsed, three bamboo trees Or with seven leaves and two leaves erect in base Vert fimbriated of the second, on a chief wavy of the last a mullet of the third.
Crest : From a wreath Or and Sable issuing from a wavy bar celeste, a fasces proper banded Gules, intertwined with a stylized Oriental dragon of the first, armed and eyed Argent with pupil, tail, back spikes and langued of the fourth.
Motto : Peace, Justice, Freedom
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description : A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in width consisting of three gold bamboo trees with green leaves, on the center leaf a gold star, all between two elephants (head and forelegs) on facing right, the other facing left, in base a fountain (wavy gold and blue) below all a black scroll with a green reverse side bearing the inscription "PEACE, JUSTICE, FREEDOM".
The Elephants symbolize fairness and justice. and also the strenght and ability of the Battalion to perform its mission. The Bamboo Tree alludes to overall Police protection and the training of personnel. The Star alludes to leadership, guidance and the high Ideals of the Unit. Overseas Service is indicated by the Wavy chief. The Faces in the Crest alludes to the Military Police function. The Oriental Dragon represent the World War II Campaing Credit earned for the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.