345th Quartermaster Battalion, Oklahoma Army National Guard
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345TH QUARTERMASTER BATTALION, OKLAHOMA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Buff, between eight guttés-de-piox in pale four and four a pale wavy counter-wavy Azure, theron a cottonmouth caboshed, langued with a thunderbird Gules, dented Argent, the fangs embued with two guettés-de-larmes above six guettés-d'eaux in chevron reversed three and three.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Oklahoma Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Azure, an Indian's head with war bonnet all Proper.
Motto: Machinamentum de vitae (The Machine of Life).
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: On a silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of the head of a cottonmouth snake with a stylized tongue shaped as a thunderbird scarlet, two fangs exposed and dripping blue drops of venom. Arched below a buff scroll inscribed "MACHINAMENTUM DE VITAE" in silver letters.
Buff and Blue are the Colours used by the Quartermaster Corps. The Cottonmouth Snake are native to Oklahoma. The Tongue is shaped as a Thunderbird alluding to the old Oklahoma 45th Division, the roots of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. The Blue Venom Drops, represent the Battalion's Water purification capability. The Black Drops signify unpurified Water, and the White Ons the purified Water.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia, was both approved on 6 March 2006.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army