214TH ARMORED 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: Per fess enhanced dancetté Or and Gules, in base a pair of wings conjoined in lure of the first and in chief a barrulet Azure. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “EN CAMINO” in Red letters.

Symbolism
Red and yellow are used for Artillery. The three points are used to represent mountains and, against a golden sky, allude to the “Golden West.” Historically, they also refer to the Spanish, Mexican, and American sovereignty of California, and in a military sense may be considered as representing aggressiveness in attack. The wings were suggested by the coat of arms of Los Angeles, the home area of the Battalion. The narrow blue bar at the top is used for combat service in Korea. The motto translates to “On The Way.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 625th Field Artillery Battalion on 12 May 1954. It was redesignated for the 214th Armored Field Artillery Battalion on 7 January 1955. The insignia was rescinded on 7 August 1961.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Per fess enhanced dancetté Or and Gules, in base a pair of wings conjoined in lure of the first and in chief a barrulet Azure.

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

EN CAMINO (On The Way).

Symbolism

Shield

Red and yellow are used for Artillery. The three points are used to represent mountains and, against a golden sky, allude to the “Golden West.” Historically, they also refer to the Spanish, Mexican, and American sovereignty of California, and in a military sense may be considered as representing aggressiveness in attack. The wings were suggested by the coat of arms of Los Angeles, the home area of the Battalion. The narrow blue bar at the top is used for combat service in Korea.

Crest

The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 625th Field Artillery Battalion on 12 May 1954. It was redesignated for the 214th Armored Field Artillery Battalion on 7 January 1955. The insignia was rescinded on 7 August 1961.





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