146th Signal Battalion, Florida Army National Guard
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146TH SIGNAL BATTALION, FLORIDA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
Shield: Gules (Crimson), between two flanks Or, a pheon point to chief in chief and a clarion in base of the like.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalion of the Florida Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors, Or and Gules, an alligator statant Proper.
Motto: SAINTS OF SERVICE.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules (Crimson), between two flanks Or, a pheon point to chief in chief and a clarion in base of the like. Attached below the shield, a scroll inscribed "SAINTS OF SERVICE".
The colors crimson and yellow (gold) are the colors of the unit’s immediate predecessor, the 748th Armored Ordnance Battalion, the pheon and clarion alluding to the two battle honors (new Guinea with arrowhead and Southern Philippines) awarded for service in World War II. The clarion is also a type of trumpet with clear, piercing tones and in being a form of signal refers to the transition to a Signal organization.
The Coat of Arms and the Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 748th Armored Ordnance Battalion on 8 Jan 1957. They was amended on 5 Feb 1957 to change the wording in the blazon of the shield. They was redesignated for the 146th Signal Battalion on 4 Feb 1969.
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Literature: Image and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army