164TH FIELD ARTILLERY 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: Gules, a cocoanut palm tree issuant bendwise between a fleur-de-lis and rattlesnake coiled to strike Or. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “CURA ET PERFECTAM” in Red letters.

Symbolism
The fleur-de-lis denotes service in France during World War II. The coiled rattlesnake represents service on the Mexican Border in 1916, which the organization inherited as a direct descendent of the 2nd Battalion, 143rd Field Artillery Regiment. The cocoanut palm tree symbolizes the organization’s service in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The motto translates to “Accuracy and Perfection.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 19 October 1951. It was rescinded on 16 June 1961.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Gules, a cocoanut palm tree issuant bendwise between a fleur-de-lis and rattlesnake coiled to strike Or.

Crest

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

Motto

CURA ET PERFECTAM (Accuracy and Perfection).

Symbolism

Shield

The fleur-de-lis denotes service in France during World War II. The coiled rattlesnake represents service on the Mexican Border in 1916, which the organization inherited as a direct descendent of the 2nd Battalion, 143rd Field Artillery Regiment. The cocoanut palm tree symbolizes the organization’s service in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Crest

The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 19 October 1951. It was amended to add the California National Guard crest on 1 November 1951. The insignia was rescinded on 16 June 1961.





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