717th Transportation Battalion, US Army
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717TH TRANSPORTATION BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules (Brick Red) on a pile Or apellet charged with a fleur-de-lis of the second.
Crest: That for regiments and separated battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Gules (Brick Red), the Lexington Minute Man Proper, The Statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: Plaise a Dieu (God willing, we will).
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in heigth overall consiting of a shield blazoned: Gules (Brick Red) on a pile Or apellet charged with a fleur-de-lis of the second. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed "PLAISE A DIEU" in Black letters.
The Colours are those of the Transportation Units. The pile refers to the spikes used on railroads for securing rails to ties. The pellet alludes to a wheel; togheter with the pile it represents the mission of the unit. The Fleur-de-lis represents service in Europe during World War I and II.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia, was both approved on 27 June 1967.
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Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army