103rd Engineer Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

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103RD ENGINEER BATTALION, PENNSYLVANIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Arms of 103rd Engineer Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 103rd Engineer Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Argent, two chevronels Azure, upper charged with six fleurs-de-lis paleways, lower charged with ten mullets in like position Or; in base a lion rampant Gules, all within a diminished bordure of the last.
Crest: That for the regiments and battalions of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules, a lion rampant guardant Proper holding in dexter paw a naked scimitar Argent hilted Or and in sinister an escutcheon Argent on a fess Sable three plates.
Motto: PARATUS (Ready).

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, two chevronels Azure, upper charged with six fleurs-de-lis paleways, lower charged with ten mullets in like position Or, in base a lion rampant Gules, all within a diminished border of the last. Attached below is a Blue scroll inscribed “PARATUS” in Gold letters.

Origin/meaning

Shield: The shield is white (silver), the old color of Infantry; the chevronels are in blue, indicating that the organization’s service during the Civil War and World War I was as Infantry. The ten mullets or stars represent the ten battle honors of the Civil War period and the six fleurs-de-lis, the World War I service. The red lion denotes service in the War of 1812. The red border signifies that the organization is now an Engineer unit.

The coat of arms was originally approved for the 103d Engineer Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard on 12 December 1931. It was redesignated for the 103d Engineer Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard on 3 September 1942. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 103d Engineer Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard on 12 December 1931. It was redesignated for the 103d Engineer Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard on 3 September 1942.



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