509th Signal Battalion, US Army
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509TH SIGNAL BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Argent, a lightning blot barbed between two lightning blots flory radiating from point Tenné, a chief arched Sable.
Crest: From a wreath ARgent and Tenné two demi-spears with banboo shafts proper all in fron of an Orinetal dragon passant Or amred and langued Gules and garnished Vert.
Motto: Faciemus Fortius (We shell act bravely)
Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: A silver color metan and enamel device 1 1/6 inches (2.70 cm) in height overall, consiting of a demi-disc superimposed by the orange lightning bolts conjoined in base, the center bolt terminating in an an arrowhed and either side bolt terminating in a demi fleur-de-lis all superimposed at botom by a black bipartie scroll inscribed "FACIEMUS FORTIUS" in silver.
The Colors Orange and White are those of the Signal Corps. The Fleur-de-lis symbolises the two campaign honours awarded for service in Europe during World War II. The conjoined bolts symbolises the Unit's coordination and swift communication capabilities. The Bolt with the arrowhead alludes to the readiness and aggressive action of the Battalion. The arched chief alludes to the Globe and symbolises the Worldwide scope of the Battalion's operations. The Black and White Colours alludes to Night and Day Operations. The Crest symbolises service in Vietnam.
The Distinctive Unit insignia was approved on 10 February 1967, and the Coat of Arms on 22 September 1993. It was amended to add a Crest on 29 December 1993.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army