USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13)
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Coat of Arms



Within a pentagon inverted, consisting of a rope Or, corners braced Argent, a field Azure bearing a balance in equilibrium of the first, behind a fess wavy Buff surmounted of a barrulet wavy Gules.


From a wreath Or, Azure and Buff, upon a mount vert, a delta point upward of the first, surmounted by a demi-ship's wheel attached to the center a magnolia all Proper.


A tri-folded scroll, Azure and doubled Gules inscribed "INTEGRITY COURAGE PERSISTENCE" in light blue letters.


Behind the pentagon a sword Proper and key in saltire Or.


The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white oval field within a dark blue designation band, edged in a gold roped border and bearing the name USNS MEDGAR EVERS at top and T-AKE 13 at base.



Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy. The shape of a pentagon alludes to The Pentagon and the Department of Defense. The scale (balance in equilibrium) is balanced to show equality. The buff fess wavy represents the Mississippi River (the "Big Muddy") from which the State of Mississippi takes its name and also alludes to the supply and delivery of cargo that the ship will undertake. Buff also is a color associated with the Army Quartermaster Corps (in which Mr. Evers served), a foundation of logistics. Decatur, Mississippi is where Medgar Evers was born. The addition of the red barrulet references "A Mighty Stream" and flows behind justice.


The delta represents the Mississippi Delta, a rich fertile area and here is represented as an equilateral triangle to suggest equality and civil rights. The ship's wheel is a Navy symbol but is used here to also represent the position of the Quartermaster. The magnolia, representing perseverance, is abundant in Mississippi and is the official State flower.


The sword and key are traditional symbols depicting control of military supplies and are replicated here to represent Medgar Evers' military service as a Soldier of the Quartermaster Corps.

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