277th Support Battalion, US Army
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277TH SUPPORT BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per chevron Buff and Azure, in base a torch palewise Argent flammant Proper.
Crest: From a wreath Argent and Buff between two stalks of rice Proper two spears palewise Gules issuing from a tower Sable thereon a lion's head erased Or.
Motto: Freedom and liberty.
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per chevron Buff and Azure, in base a torch palewise Argent flammant Proper. Attached is a blue scroll enclosing the shield at top and bottom, doubled Silver, inscribed "SERVICE FOR" at top and "FREEDOM AND LIBERTY" at bottom, all in silver letters.
The Buff is the primary colour for support units. The chevron-like division of the shield suggest support. The torch a symbol for Freedom allude to the Motto. The Lion symbolises courage and strength. The Tower refer to service in Central Europe during World War II. The two Spears honour the Mertitorious Unit Commendation and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry awarded to the Battalion. The Rice palts denotes service in Southeast Asia durin the Vietnam War.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 277th Quartermaster Battalion on 20 October 1942. They was rescinded on 29 September 1976. They was reinstated for the 277th Quartermaster Battalion on 9 October 1986. They was redesignated and a Crest added to the coat of Arms from the 277th Support Battalion, effective 16 September 2005.
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Literature: Images from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.