215th Finance Battalion, US Army

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215TH FINANCE BATTALION, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the 215th Finance Battalion, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Per bend Azure and Sable, on a bend Or five fusils in bend Gules between in chief a fleur-de-lis of the third and in abse a castle of the like mortared of the field.
Crest: Rising from a wreath of the colors, Or and Azure, a demi-lion rampant affronté Sable grasping a scimitar Or grip Gules.
Motto: A tradition of excellence

Origin/meaning

The shield commemorates the unit's baptism of fire and World War II service. The gold fleur-de-lis on a blue field symbolises France while the castle refers to service in Germany and other aeras of Central Europe. The fusils, suggesting the Finance Corps insignia of branch, on the gold bend are symbolic of the Battalion's five campaigns and represent unbroken service. The fusils are red to indicate service under fire. The lion grapsing the scimitar denotes service in Southwest Asia. The Coat of Arms was approved on 11 March 1993. It was amended to correct the blazon on 5 June 2003.

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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army