317th Quartermaster Battalion, US Army
317TH QUARTERMASTER BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per fess Buff and Or in base a water bouget Sable issuing five lightning flashes radiant to chief Gules all within a border Celeste.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Buff and Light Blue, 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: SERVE AND ASSIST.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in width overall consisting of two red lightning flashes alternating between three radiating gold rays issuing from behind the horizontal bar of a black heraldic water bucket, all above and between a blue scroll, the ends terminating at the sides of the rays and inscribed “SERVE AND ASSIST” in gold letters.
Coat of Arms: Buff and light blue are the colors associated with the Quartermaster Corps. Buff and yellow reflect the unit’s lineage as a Supply and Service Battalion. The water bouget, two large skin bags used to carry water to troops, symbolizes the mission of the organization. The lightning flashes allude to the distinguished service of the Third Army and reflect the number of campaigns credited to the unit during World War II and the award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation as implied by the color red.
Distinctive Unit Insignia: The heraldic bucket, a device used in the time of the Crusades by troops for their water supply, symbolizes the basic mission of the organization. The three rays and two lightning flashes allude to the five campaigns of the unit during World War II. The award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation is represented by the color red.
The arms were approved effective 16 September 1996, for the 317th Quartermaster Battalion. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 317th Supply and Service Battalion on 20 May 1975. It was redesignated effective 16 September 1996, for the 317th Quartermaster Battalion.
Literature: Images and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.