240TH SUPPORT BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a sunburst Or, charged with a Greek cross Sanguine, with horizontal arm bearing at center a Korean Taeguk (Scarlet at top, Blue at base) between two arrowheads points up of the second. Attached below the shield a scroll, doubled back, inscribed “SOLACE TO THE SUFFERING” in Black.

Symbolism
The two arrowheads symbolize the assault landings in the South Pacific by some elements of the former organization, the 40th Medical Battalion. The taeguk, from the flag of Korea, represents Korean service by the predecessor organization. The Greek cross is a symbol of aid and assistance. The gold sun and blue background allude to California, the “Golden State,” and to the Pacific Ocean. Maroon is a color representative of the Army Medical Department, to which the former unit was assigned.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 40th Medical Battalion on 19 December 1976. It was redesignated for the 240th Support Battalion with the description and symbolism revised effective 1 June 1987.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Azure, a sunburst Or, charged with a Greek cross Sanguine, with horizontal arm bearing at center a Korean Taeguk (Scarlet at top, Blue at base) between two arrowheads points up of the second.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Azure, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.

Motto

SOLACE TO THE SUFFERING.

Symbolism

Shield

The two arrowheads symbolize the assault landings in the South Pacific by some elements of the former organization, the 40th Medical Battalion. The taeguk, from the flag of Korea, represents Korean service by the predecessor organization. The Greek cross is a symbol of aid and assistance. The gold sun and blue background allude to California, the “Golden State,” and to the Pacific Ocean. Maroon is a color representative of the Army Medical Department, to which the former unit was assigned.

Crest

The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 40th Medical Battalion on 13 May 1976. It was redesignated for the 240th Support Battalion with the symbolism revised effective 1 June 1987.





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