78th Signal Battalion, US Army
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78TH SIGNAL BATTALION, US ARMY
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per Cross Tenné, a fret containing and interlaced with an annulet, the slatire bands terminating in flashes throughout all counterchanged
Crest: On a wreath of colours, Argent and Tenné,a sea lion naiant Or, langued Azure, supporting an equilateral trinagle point up Azure, charged with a sun rayonnant with eight groups of rays of the third
Motto: Never bettered
Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: Ailsver color metal and enamel device 1 !7( incehes (2,86 cm) in height overall, consiting of a stylized Philippine sun superimposed by a silver and orange lightning flash crossed diagonally, overall a lozenge divided crosswise silver and orange bearing another lozenge divided crosswise orange and silver, at top an arced silver scroll inscribed "NEVER" and at bottom an arced silver scroll inscribed "BETTERED" all in black letters and overall at center a gold sea lion.
Orange and white are colours traditionally associated with the Signal Corps. The four divisions of the shield denote the unit's heritage of installing, operating, and maintaining four area signal centers as part of an Army area signal system. The fret with interlaced flashes symbolise the radio relay and field cable trunk circuits between the area signal centers. The ring alludes to the message center and signal information provided by the Battalion. The counterchanged colours refer to the signal displacement capability and also the circuit patching and switching responsibilities. The Philippine Sun symbolise the Philippine Presidental Unit Citation awarded to the Battalion. The Sea Lion from the Arms of Manila, indicates operations on Luzon during World War II.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 13 December 1967 and amended to revise the balzon and symbolism on 15 June 1992. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 8 February 1968.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army