13TH SIGNAL BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess dancetté abased of two Argent and Tenné, issuant from base overall a cubit arm palewise Proper grasping seven lightning flashes three and four Sable, in chief a Korean temple Azure. Below the shield a motto scroll inscribed "VOICE OF COMMAND" in black letters.

Symbolism
Orange and white are the colors used for the Signal Corps. The two mountains are symbolic of the mountainous area of the Pacific in which the unit provided communications for the 1st Cavalry Division during World War II. They also represent the invasions of the Bismark Archipelago and Leyte. The arm grasping the lighting flashes alludes to the mission of the unit enabling information and orders to be sent and received. The 7 lightning flashes commemorate the seven decorations awarded the unit for services in World War II and Korea. The temple refers to actions in Korea during the Korean War.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 28 Oct 1953.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess dancetté abased of two Argent and Tenné, issuant from base overall a cubit arm palewise Proper grasping seven lightning flashes three and four Sable, in chief a Korean temple Azure.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Tenné a scimitar and an officer's sword points down saltirewise Proper surmounted by a Philippine sun per fess Gules and Argent; overall two arrows saltirewise Or surmounted by a taeguk fimbriated and charged with a bugle horn of the like garnished and stringed Sable.

Motto

VOICE OF COMMAND

Symbolism

Shield

Orange and white are the colors used for the Signal Corps. The two mountains are symbolic of the mountainous areas of the Pacific in which the unit provided communications for the 1st Cavalry Division during World War II. They also represent the invasions of the Bismark Archipelago and Leyte. The arm grasping the lighting flashes alludes to the mission of the unit enabling information and orders to be sent and received. The seven lightning flashes commemorate the seven decorations awarded the unit for services in World War II and Korea. The temple refers to actions in Korea during the Korean War.

Crest

World War II service represented by the sunburst, adapted from the Philippine flag and divided in scarlet and white, signifying courage and honor. The thirteen scarlet and thirteen white points of the sunburst allude to the unit's designation. The arrows recall assault landings by the unit during World War II. The taeguk symbolizes service in the Korean War and the many decorations awarded for that service, including the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations. The officer's word refers to the awards in recognition of Vietnam service. The horn represents the signal mission and reflects the unit's service in Southwest Asia. Gold signifies excellence.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved on 28 Oct 1958. It was amended on 4 Mar 1997, to include a crest.





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