57th Signal Battalion, US Army
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57TH SIGNAL BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per fess Argent and Tenné, an antenna of four wires in the shape of a mascle counterchanged.
Crest: On a wreath Argent and Tenné a felur-de-lis of the first (Argent), the tops of the three petals terminating in arrowheads and the tower ends conjoined and convoluted, two lightning
bolts Azure issuing from the binding ring and extending upward and between the petals and conjoined with two lower points of the center arrowhead and the inner lower points of the outer two arrowheads.
Motto: Vincimus spatium (We conquer space)
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Gold metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) hieght overall consiting of a shield blazoned: Per fess Argent and Tenné, an antenna of four wires in the shape of a mascle counterchanged. Attached below the shield a Goled scroll inscribed "VINCIMUS SPATIUM" in Black letters.
The Antenna symbolises the Signal function. The colours are those of the Signal Corps. The Arrowheads of the Fleur-de-lis symbolises the three landing the Battalion took part in during World War II - Southern France, Naples-Foggia and Rome-Arno. The lightnings symbolises communication.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 12 November 1941 and amended to add a Crest on 13 March 1967. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 18 November 1941.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army