478th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army
478TH CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Argent, on a pale potenty Purpure a sword of the first, grip Gules enfiling a rolled parchment Proper Argent garnished with a seal and ribbon Gules.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Purpure, 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: SUPPORTING THE VICTORY.
Distinctive Unit Insignia (DUI). Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, on a pale potenty Purpure a sword of the first, grip Gules enfiling a rolled parchment Argent garnished Gules. Attached below the shield a purple scroll inscribed "SUPPORTING THE VICTORY" in silver.
The colors purple and white are traditionally associated with Civil Affairs units. The sword and scroll are derived from the Civil Affairs insignia of branch and represent the military and civil functions of the unit. The interlocked sections of the pale potenty symbolize the process of transition and transfer of functions and the mission of the Battalion. Red stands for courage and resolution.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 26 January 1993. Literature: Coat of Arms Image from Olompvo on Pinterest. DUI Image and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.