112th Signal Battalion, US Army

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112TH SIGNAL BATTALION, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the 112th Signal Battalion, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Tenné, on a pile between two lightning flashes in point a dagger Argent hilted and winged Sable, blade fimbriated of the last.
Crest: On a wreath of the color Argent and Tenné in front of a silhouette of the Brandenburg Gate or Berlin Sable and issuing from the center of a vol of the first a dragon's head of the second.
Motto: PENETRA LE TENEBRE (Penetrate the Shadows)

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of an orange field and centered theron between to silver lightning flashes both points down, a silver dagger with black hilt and wings, enclosed on sides and in base by a black scroll folded and reversed silver at the top, and inscribed "PENETRA LE TENEBRE" in silver.

Origin/meaning

Shield: Orange and white are the colors of the Signal Corps. The pile represents the airborne route of attack, alluding to the unit's service in World War II. The dagger, an established symbol of Special Operations organizations, is black and white in reference to the Battalion's covert and overt missions and is winged to emphasis present day capabilities of rapid deployment by air. The motto is in Italian, in reference to the unit's first areas of combat operations. The lightning flashes symbolize electronic technology. The black color of the wings refer to the motto which is translated "Penetrate the Shadows" (Special Operations" and bespeaks the unit's ability to communicate continuously with deployed operational teams and command elements. Crest: The vol (or wings) and dragon's head are suggested by the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 1st Airborne Army and the XVIII Airborne Corps, under which the unit served in World War II. Their colors are changed to those of the Signal Corps. The Brandenburg Gate symbolizes Occupation duty in Berlin in 1945.

The coat of arms was approved on 15 Aug 1986.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Orange and white (silver) are the colors of the Signal Corps. The dagger, an established symbol of Special Operations organizations is black and white (silver) in reference to the Battalion's covert and overt missions. It is winged to emphasize present day capabilities for speed of deployment by air. The black color enhances the motto which is translated "Penetrate the Shadows." The lightning flashes reflect electronic technology. The motto is in Italian in reference to the unit's first area of combat operations.

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 15 Aug 1986.



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Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry.