3rd Engineer Battalion, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of 3rd Engineer Battalion, US Army

Coat of arms (crest) of 3rd Engineer Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Gules within a brodure indented the Roman numeral III Argent.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules a beaver couchant at the foot of a palm branch Proper.
Motto: Builders for Victory.


Red and White is the present Engineer Corps Colours. The indented brodure alludes to the Engineer work in connection with field intrenching. The Roman numeral indicates the number of the Unit. The beaver is the old symbol of New York dating from 1623, when it was on the Arms of New Netherlands, and is now on the seal of the New York City. The Palm branch is symbolic of tropical service.

The arms were orignally approved for the 3rd Engineer Regiment on 11 February 1921. It was redesignate for the 3rd Engineer Battalion on 11 March 1942. The insignia was redesignated for 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion on 31 January 1950. It was redesignated for the 3rd Engineer Battalion on 30 October 1958. The arms were amended to add a Motto on 2 February 1967.

Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons, further Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.