69th Signal Battalion, US Army
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69TH SIGNAL BATTALION, US ARMY
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per pale Tenné and Argent, in bend a cornet of the second garnished with five bands and fimbriated of the first, in sinister chief a fleur-de-lis of the last
Crest: From a wreath Argent and Tenné five embattlements of the first issuing a demi Chinese dragon Or armed, langued and garnished Gules, tufted Vert holding five arrows of the fourth
Motto: Voix de commande = Voice of Command
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned:
Per pale Tenné and Argent, in bend a cornet of the second garnished with five bands and fimbriated of the first, in sinister chief a fleur-de-lis of the last
Attached below the shield an Orange scroll inscribed "VOIX DE COMMANDE" in Silver letters.
The Colours are those of the Signal Corps. The Cornet, and ancient signal horn denotes the communication mission of the Unit.
The five bands symbolises the Battalion's Campaign Honours of World War II. The Fleur-de-lis symbolises the Meritorious Unit Award for the European Theater
The Dragon symbolises service in Vietnam, the Battlements symbolises the five Campaings of the Battalion in World War II, and the arrows the five Meritorious Unit Commendations awarded.
The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 5 October 1955. It was amended to correct the spelling of the motto on 19 January 1956. The Insignia was was amended to change/update the description on 3 January 2002. The Coat of Arms was approved on 5 October 1955. It waa amended to to correct the spelling of the motto on 19 January 1956. It was cancelled on 1 August 1974 and reinstated 12 december 1995. The Coat of Arms was amended to include a Crest on 29 October 1996. It was amended to change the blazon of the Crest on 3 January 2002.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army