43rd Signal Battalion, US Army
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43RD SIGNAL BATTALION, US ARMY
Shield: Per chevron Sable and Tenné, on a chevron Argent between in chief two unicorn heads erased of the third, and in base a Vietnamese building of the first, charged with a fountain, two lightning flashes Azure, chevronwise.
Crest: From a wreath Argent and Sable in front of two towers Gules two scimitars, hilts to base saltirewise Or, between the points an annulet of bamboo Proper charged with a fleur-de-lis Azure.
Motto: TEAMWORK STRENGTH SPEED.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per chevron Sable and Tenné, on a chevron Argent between in chief two unicorn heads erased of the third, and in base a Vietnamese building of the first, charged with a fountain, two lightning flashes Azure, chevronwise. Attached below the shield a Silver motto scroll inscribed "TEAMWORK STRENGTH SPEED" in Black.
The unicorn, the heraldic animal with the body and head of a horse and the legs and feet of a deer, is strong as a horse and swift as a deer. The two unicorns symbolize the teamwork, strength and speed of the 43d Signal Battalion and its heavy construction duties. Since the unit was originally activated at Fort Crowder, Missouri, the horses further allude to the early history of the area when the starting points of the Santa Fe Trail and the Pony Express were in Missouri. The white chevron represents the lights and beacons of the Signal Corps. The Far Eastern structure, and the fountain, a conventional heraldic representation of water, refer to the overseas service, the buildings and rice paddies of Vietnam. The lightning flashes are symbolic of Communications and the four jagged points of the flashes represent the four battle honors of Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France and the Rhineland. The colors black and white refer to the day and night vigilance of the unit, while orange is a color of the Signal Corps. Crest: The towers, recalling medieval signal towers, symbolize World War II service in the Rhineland and Central Europe, while the fleur-de-lis recalls participation in campaigns in Northern France and Ardennes-Alsace. The many campaigns the unit saw during the Vietnam Conflict are represented by the annulet of bamboo. The unit's most recent service in the Defense of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait is recalled by the two scimitars. Blue denotes integrity and worldwide service. Scarlet and gold signify courage and excellence respectively.
The coat of arms was originally approved on 27 June 1963. It was cancelled on 1 August 1974. On 20 August 1992 the coat of arms was reinstated. The coat of arms was amended to include a crest on 7 June 2002. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 7 August 1967.
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Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.