98th Signal Battalion, US Army
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98TH SIGNAL BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Tenné, on an annulet dancetty Argent, a hurt charged with a sea-lion erect grasping in dexter claw a torch flamant Or garnished of the first and in sinister claw three lightning bolts arrayed of the second
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Tenné, 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: Knowledge, Unite, Speed
Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches in hieght consisting of a blue disc bearing a sea-lion grasping in his right paw a flaming torch, all gold and within an orange annulet inscribed in gold letters "KNOWLEDGE, UNITY, SPEED", each word separated by a gold lightning flash; issuant from the annulet eight white rays.
Orange and White are the colours of the Signal Corps. The Sea-lion and the eight rays of the sun are taken from the Seal of the Perseident of the Philippines; they commemorate the action for which the Battalion recieved the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and also refer to participation in four Campaigns in the Philippines during World War II. The Torch symbolises knowledge and the Lightning Flashes symbolises Speed. The Blue disc symbolises Lake Ontario, which is in the vicinity of the Battalion's previous home area in the State of New York. The Crest is that of the Army Reserve.
The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 6 January 1969 and the coat of Arms on 16 October 2007.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army