12th Signal Group, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of the 12th Signal Group, US Army

Official blazon

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a rectangular base divided diagonally from upper left to lower right, the upper area gold and the lower area orange within at top three parallel boxed cables connected at the sides by field splices all of scarlet immediately above in base a convex arched insulated portion of black, surmounted along the diagonal division line by a white lightning flash, the top bearing two gold five-pointed stars and extending over the left side and the tip terminating at the inner edge of the black insulation which is inscribed "LOUD AND CLEAR" in gold letters.


Orange and white are used for the Signal Corps and the red refers to the Meritorious Unit Commendation received by the organization for the North Apennines and Po Valley Campaigns in Italy during World War II with the two campaigns represented by the stars. The splices signify electrical continuity and they are used to imply a high incidence of electrical use as well as symbolize the direction and coordination aspects of the unit's mission. The flash represents the vitality of the Group and the three red cables on the yellow (gold) area allude to Vietnam and denote the area where the organization served. The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 24 November 1969. It was amended to update the symbolism on 7 August 1974.

Literature: Image and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.

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