82nd Engineer Battalion, US Army

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82ND ENGINEER BATTALION, US ARMY

Arms of 82nd Engineer Battalion, US Army

Arms of 82nd Engineer Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)


Official blazon

Shield: Gules on a pile Argent an ox head caboshed Azure charged with a mullet of the second, in base two castle towers of the last.
Crest: From a wreath Argent and Gules a mound of sand Proper issuing a demi-spear Proper between two demi-scimitars hilts up pilewise Or a demi-cogwheel of the second fimbriated of the first.
Motto: STRENGTH AND COURAGE.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules on a pile Argent an ox head caboshed Azure charged with a mullet of the second, in base two castle towers of the last. Attached below the shield is a Silver scroll inscribed “STRENGTH AND COURAGE” in Black letters.

Origin/meaning

Shield: Scarlet and white are the colors used for the Corps of Engineers, and castle towers are emblematic of that branch. A pile has long been associated with engineers and in heraldic symbolism represents leadership in engineering. The triangular form of the pile alludes to “TRINACRIA,” the sobriquet for the island of Sicily, and its wedge shape simulates an arrow point; together they refer to the unit’s assault landing in Sicily, World War II. The five-pointed star represents the unit’s participation in Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines and Po Valley Campaigns. The blue ox head refers to the legendary “BABE” of Paul Bunyon, with the white star also alluding to Texas, representing both lineage and place of activation.

Crest: The scimitars and sand represent the unit’s two campaigns in Southwest Asia. Gold is emblematic of high achievement and honor. The cogwheel alludes to engineering and is red to commemorate the Meritorious Unit Commendation earned in Italy during World War II; the six teeth on the wheel highlight the unit’s campaigns in Italy. The upright spear symbolizes combat readiness and refers to the unit’s assault landing in Sicily.

The coat of arms was approved on 17 January 1977. It was amended to include a crest on 14 January 1997. The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 13 July 1977.


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