USS Benfold (DDG 65)
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Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

SHIELD

Per fess wavy (in the manner of a Taeguk) Gules and Azure, a lion rampant Or charged on the shoulder with an escutcheon Argent bearing a cross throughout Gules; a bordure of the third pellety.


CREST

From a wreath Or and Gules a Marine Mameluke and Naval sword saltirewise points up Proper superimposed by a mullet one point down Celeste fimbriated Argent.


SUPPORTERS

On either side of the shield a halberd Proper.


MOTTO

A scroll Sable edged and inscribed "ONWARD WITH VALOR" in Gold.


SEAL

The coat of arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a dark blue collar edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS BENFOLD" at top and "DDG 65" in base all in gold.

Symbolism

SHIELD

The Aegis shield the capability of DDG 65 to conduct operations in mult-threat environments. Dark Blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy; red is emblematic of valor and sacrifice. The lion embodies valor and strength, symbolizing Hospitalman Benfold's courage and gallantry. The escutcheon bears a red cross, alluding to Benfold's medical service and personal sacrifice in saving the lives of others. A background of red above blue in the manner of a Taeguk underscores his service in Korea. The black pellets symbolize the heavy artillery and mortar barrages during his heroic action.


CREST

The reversed star, in medium blue and white, denotes the Medal of Honor, which was posthumously awarded to Hospitalman Benfold for his spirit of self ? sacrifice and extraordinary heroism. The crossed Navy sword and Marine Mameluke signify cooperation and strength; the Mameluke signifies Benfold's service with the First Marine Division in Korea.


SUPPORTERS

The halberds symbolize vigilance, resolve and battle preparedness while suggesting the USS BENFOLD'S Vertical Launch capabilities.





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