103D ENGINEER BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, two chevronels Azure, upper charged with six fleurs-de-lis, lower charged with ten mullets Or, in base a lion rampant Gules, all within a diminished border of the last. Attached below is a Blue scroll inscribed “PARATUS” in Gold letters.

Symbolism
The shield is white, the old color of Infantry; the chevronels are in blue, indicating that the organization’s service during the Civil War and World War I was as Infantry. The ten mullets or stars represent the ten battle honors of the Civil War period and the six fleurs-de-lis, the World War I service. The red lion denotes service in the War of 1812. The red border signifies that the organization is now an Engineer unit. The motto translates to “Ready.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 103d Engineer Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard on 12 December 1931. It was redesignated for the 103d Engineer Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard on 3 September 1942. It was amended to update the description and add a symbolism on 1 June 2016.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Argent, two chevronels Azure, upper charged with six fleurs-de-lis, lower charged with ten mullets Or; in base a lion rampant Gules, langued and armed of the second, all within a diminished bordure of the fourth.

Crest

That for the regiments and battalions of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard: From a wreath Argent and Azure, a lion rampant guardant Proper holding in dexter paw a naked scimitar Argent hilted Or and in sinister an escutcheon Argent on a fess Sable three plates.

Motto

PARATUS (Ready).

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is white, the old color of Infantry; the chevronels are in blue, indicating that the organization's service during the Civil War and World War I was as Infantry. The ten mullets or stars represent the ten battle honors of the Civil War period and the six fleurs-de-lis, the World War I service. The red lion denotes service in the War of 1812. The red border signifies that the organization is now an Engineer unit.

Crest

The crest is that of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 103d Engineer Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard on 12 December 1931. It was redesignated for the 103d Engineer Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard on 3 September 1942. It was amended to correct the blazon on 1 June 2016.





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