420th Transportation Battalion, US Army
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420TH TRANSPORTATION BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per fess Gules (Brick Red and Or (Golden Yellow), in chief between two a laurel branches an Imperial Roman Centurion helmet of the second, in base three piles reversed in point Celeste, Sabel and Azure.
Crest: That for regiments and separated battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Gules (Brick Red) and Or, 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: Code Breakers.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess Gules (Brick Red and Or (Golden Yellow), in chief between two a laurel branches an Imperial Roman Centurion helmet of the second, in base three piles reversed in point Celeste, Sabel and Azure. Below the shield is a Balck scroll inscribed "CODE BREAKERS" in gold letters.
Brick Red and Golden Yellow are the colours of the US Army Transportation Corps. The Centurion's helmet symbolize service in Italy during World War II. The Laurel Branches symbolises the Campaign Credits for North Apennines and Po Valley. The colours of the piles indicates Air, Land and Sea Transport. They also symbolizes Supply Routes.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was both approved on 16 May 2003.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army