687th Support Battalion, US Army
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687TH SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia Left Side)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia Right Side)
Shield: Per chevron Gules and Azure between flaunches Or, each charged with a key palewise wards to base respectant of the first, an eagle's head erased Yellow langued aof the second and in base a tun of the third.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Gules, 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: Opera et commeatus (Service and Supply).
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in width overall consisting of two red keys in saltire surmounted by a gold color metal eagle's head erased with a blue tongue, all above a blue scroll inscribed "OPERA ET COMMEATUS" in gold color metal letters, The insignia is to be worn in pairs.
The Eagle's head is from the Arms of the Rhine Province, refers to the Battalion's service in that area of Germany during World War II. The Keys, symbolic of service, and the tun, representing supply, symbolise the basic mission of the Battalion.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved both on 7 October 1968 for the 687th Supply and Service Battalion. They was redesignated on 16 September 1996 for the 687th Quartermaster Battalion, and on 17 September 2006 for the 687th Support Battalion.
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Literature: Images and further Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.