302D SIGNAL BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall, consisting of a shield blazoned: Tenné, a chevron abased Argent semé-de-lis Azure, overall a telephone pole radiant with four lightning flashes of the second. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "VIRTUTE ET LABORE" in Orange letters.

Symbolism
Orange and white are colors traditionally associated with the Signal Corps. The unit's World War II European campaign honors are symbolized by the fleurs-de-lis. The unit's historic affiliation with a telephone company and the former signal construction mission are depicted by the telephone pole, which also represents the organization's headquarters in Maryland, a state noted as the home of the first telegraph line. The translation of the motto is "By Courage and Work."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 18 March 1955. It was updated to delete the Army Reserve affiliation on 4 September 1969. It was amended to revise the description and symbolism on 19 July 1991.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Tenné, a chevron abased Argent semé-de-lis Azure, overall a telephone pole radiant with four lightning flashes of the second.

Crest

On a wreath Argent and Tenné, a disc of the last fimbriated and with a bend wavy of the first between two fleurs-de-lis in fess Or charged with a bear's head couped and langued Proper; overall two lightning flashes chevronwise reversed from base Or.

Motto

VIRTUTE ET LABORE (By Courage and Work).

Symbolism

Shield

Orange and white are the colors for the Signal Corps. The unit's World War II European campaign honors are symbolized by the fleurs-de-lis. The battalion's historic affiliation with a telephone company and the signal construction mission are depicted by the telephone pole, which also represents the organization's headquarters at Maryland, a state noted as the home of the first telegraph line.

Crest

The colors orange and white are traditionally associated with the Signal branch. The bear's head and two fleurs-de-lis refer to World War II campaigns in Central Europe, Northern France and Normandy. The wavy bend refers to the Rhineland and is taken from heraldic symbolism used in the region. The lightning flashes represent the signal mission and communication expertise. Gold denotes excellence, white signifies high ideals.

Background
The coat of arm was originally approved for the 302 Signal Battalion, Army Reserve on 18 March 1955. It was amended on 5 September 2003, to delete the Army Reserve crest and add a new crest, for the Regular Army unit.





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