302nd Military Intelligence Battalion, US Army

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302ND MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Per fess abased argent and azure, in chief a red fox's mask proper charged on the forehead with a billet fesswise sable, and in base a key palewise between two stylized lightning flashes of the first.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours, argent and azure, a fleur-de-lis barry of ten of the second and first, the outer petals, serrated, the inner charged with a baynet or point up, and on the crosspiece of the fleyr-de-lis a bar couped tenne with two barrulets argent.
Motto: Loyalty, vigilance, pride.

Origin/meaning

The colours white and teal blue ,a re symbolic of the battalion's former status as an unassigned-to-branch unit. The Battalion's war service as a signal unit is shown by the colours of the Fox's Mask and background, while the intelligence functions of the unit are represented by the black censor's stamp. The key is for the unit's first campaingn (Normandy) in World War II and also alludes to signal and intelligence functions. The stylized lightning flashes symbolize radio reconnaissance. The Fleur-de-lis symbolises service in Europe, the lightning flashes symbolizes communication reconnaissance. The bar divided into five segments represents participations in five campaigns in Europe during World War II. The Bayonet suggests the Army's offensive sprit and refelcts the unit's association with US Army Europe.

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Literature: Finnegan: Army Lineage Series Military Intelligence. Picture from Wikimedia Commons.