472nd Chemical Battalion, US Army
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472ND CHEMICAL BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Or, on a chevron enhanced Azure (Cobalt Blue) three benzene rings of the first above a gunstone charged with a mullet throughout Yellow.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: on a wreath of the colors Or and Azure the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The Statue of the Lexington Minute Man , Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington. Massachusetts.
Motto: Provide the way.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal an enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a black disc bearing a gold star throughout with three upright elongated blue hexagons edged in gold, all conjoined with their lower points atop the upper three points of the star, all above a scroll bearing the inscription "PROVIDE THE WAY" in black.
Cobalt Blue and Golden Yellow, are the Colours used for Chemical Units. The disc represents the military smoke generator symbol, the black simulating smoke. The Disc also represents a Wheel, symbolising the Mobile aspects of the Battalion. The Star symbolises Command and the Benzene Rings are Chemical Symbols.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 1 May 1997. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 4 March 1968.
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Literature: Images and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.