821st Transportation Battalion, US Army
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821ST TRANSPORTATION BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules (Brick Red) a sunflower of the first petals Oe slipped Vert charged at at the center with a linden tree leaf environed by an annulet Yellow.
Crest: That for regiments and separated battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Brick Red, 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: The Wheels with pride.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: S gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a gold linden leaf within a gold annulet all on a brick red disc and encircled by a band of stylized yellow enamel sunflower petals on a green background and all enclosed by a continous brick red scroll, its sides curving inward behind the petals and inscribed at top "THE WHEELS" and in base "WITH PRIDE" in gold letters.
Brick red and yellow are the colours of the Transportation Corps. The Annuelt alludes to a wheel and symbolises Transportation. The linde leaf recalls service in Central Europe during World war II. The sunflower alludes to Kansas the present home of the Battalion.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 18 April 1997 and Distinctive Unit Insignia on 26 November 1971.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army