304TH SIGNAL BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/32 inches (2.78 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess engrailed arched and enhanced Gray and Sable, a foot engrailed Azure fimbriated Argent, overall issuing from dexter chief a lightning flash Tenné fimbriated of the fourth. Attached below the shield is a Silver scroll inscribed "PRET TOUJOURS PRET" in Black letters.

Symbolism
The lightning flash in colors of the Signal Corps symbolizes the rapid communication provided by the battalion. The blue foot with white fimbriation represents the ocean waves, exemplifying the many amphibious operations conducted by the Eighth Army during World War II and supported by this organization. The engrailed line across the shield is representative of the typical shoreline of the islands assaulted. The gray upper portion of the shield is symbolic of the early morning sky during an amphibious attack. The motto translates to "Ready, Always, Ready."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 29 June 1953.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess engrailed arched and enhanced Gray and Sable, a foot engrailed Azure fimbriated Argent, overall issuing from dexter chief a lightning flash Tenné fimbriated of the fourth.

Crest

On a wreath Argent and Sable, a sea-lion sejant Sable armed and langued Azure grasping a trumpet of the first, pendant therefrom and tied of the last a banderole emblazoned parti per bend wavy of two Gules and Azure bearing in pale two mullets Silver within a border of the last.

Motto

PRET TOUJOURS PRET (Ready, Always, Ready).

Symbolism

Shield

The lightning flash in the colors of the Signal Corps symbolizes the rapid communication provided by the Battalion. The blue foot with white fimbriation represents the ocean waves, exemplifying the many amphibious operations conducted by the Eighth Army during World War II and supported by this organization. The engrailed line across the shield is representative of the typical shoreline of the islands assaulted. The gray upper portion of the shield is symbolic of the early morning sky during an amphibious attack.

Crest

The design commemorates the actions for which the battalion received unit decorations during World War II and in the Korean War. The sea-lion, from the flag of the President of the Philippines, refers to the unit's service in the Leyte campaign. The trumpet or bugle symbolizes Army communication--the Battalion's function. The two stars on the red and blue tabard stand for the actions in Korea for which the battalion received two Meritorious Unit Commendations.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved on 29 June 1953. It was amended to delete the Army Reserve Crest on 14 April 1955. It was again amended to add a crest on 27 October 1966. The coat of arms was amended to correct the colors of the wreath and amend the symbolism for the crest on 30 July 1984.





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