151st Chemical Battalion, Alabama Army National Guard

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151ST CHEMICAL BATTALION, ALABAMA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Arms of 151st Chemical Battalion, Alabama Army National Guard

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 151st Chemical Battalion, Alabama Army National Guard

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Gules, a pale wavy Argent, a grapevine leafed per bend wavy counterchanged, in sinister chief a winged spur of the second.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Alabama Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Gules, a slip of cotton plant with full bursting boll, Proper.
Motto: Get there first.

Distinctive Unit Inisgnia, description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 inch (2.54 cm) in heigth overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a pale wavy Argent, a grapevine leafed per bend wavy counterchanged, in sinister chief a winged spur of the second. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "GET THERE FIRST".

Origin/meaning

The Coat of Arms are based on local History. During the Civil War troops under the Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest was in pursuit of raiding Union Troops under Colonel Able D. Streight. To delay the Pursuing Confederates Streight's Troops burned a bridge near Gaylesville in Cherokee Count, Alabama. When reaching the burned Bridge General Forrest ordered Cannons and empty caissons pulled over the River using Ropes and Grapevines. The historcial event symbolises how difficulty can be overcome. The Winged spur symbolises the historical mounted role. The Motto may be said to originate with General Forrest, who is claimed to have said: "Git That Furs'est with the Mostest Men".

The Coat of Arms was approved orginally for the 127th Engineer Battalion (Mounted) on 27 April 1926. It was redesignated for the 151st Engineer Regiment on 29 december 1941, and for the 151st Engineer Battalion on 19 September 1944. It was redesignated for the 151st Chemical Battalion on 1 August 2002. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved orginally for the 127th Engineer Battalion (Mounted) on 27 April 1926. It was redesignated for the 151st Engineer Regiment on 28 February 1942, and for the 151st Engineer Battalion on 20 September 1944. It was redesignated for the 151st Chemical Battalion on 1 August 2002.

Literature: Images and Information from the Institute of Heraldry, US Army.