489th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army

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489TH CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army

(Coat of Arms)
Coat of arms (crest) of 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Purpure, a torch Or, overall a parchment scroll Argent charged with a palm frond Proper and garnished Gules.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Purpure, 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: VIS AMPLIFICANS VIM.

Distinctive Unit Insignia (DUI). Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall, consisting of a shield blazoned: Purpure, a torch Or, overall a parchment scroll Argent charged with a palm frond Or. Attached below the shield a tripartite red scroll doubled and inscribed "VIS AMPLIFICANS VIM" in gold.

Origin/meaning

Purple is the primary color traditionally associated with Civil Affairs organizations. The parchment scroll and torch are adapted from the Civil Affairs insignia of branch. The palm frond recalls the unit's participation in the action to liberate Kuwait during the Gulf War and stands for victory.

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 14 June 1993.

Literature: Coat of Arms Image from Olopmvo on Pinterest, DUI Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.


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