Coast Defenses of Portland, US Army

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COAST DEFENSES OF PORTLAND, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the Coast Defenses of Portland, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Per fess gules and argent, in chief a star of five points argent and in base a pine tree proper.
Crest: a Phoenix issuant purpure winged or.
Motto: Terrae Portam Defendamus = We defend the land gate (or port).

Origin/meaning

The Star symbolising the North Star indicates that the Coast Defenses of Portland was the most northern of the Coast Defenses on the US Atlantic Coast.
Later adopted by the 8th Coastal Artillery Regiment.

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