307TH SIGNAL BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess enhances rayonné Argent and Tenné, in chief a grape leaf Vert between two lightning flashes Gules and in base an oriental dragon of the first. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "OPTIME MERENTI" in Orange letters.

Symbolism
Orange and white are the colors used for the Signal Corps. The grape leaf refers to service in the Rhineland during World War II and the oriental dragon to service in Vietnam. The rayonné simulates an active electrical field; with the lightning flashes, it symbolizes the speed of communications. The flashes are pictured in red to represent the unit's Meritorious Unit Commendation Award.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 29 February 1972.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess enhances rayonné Argent and Tenné, in chief a grape leaf Vert between two lightning flashes Gules and in base an oriental dragon of the first.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Tenné a castle wall of the first bearing an escutcheon Gules charged with a lightning bolt Argent and issuing three demi-spears with bamboo shafts pilewise Proper ferrules Azure garnished of the third.

Motto

OPTIME MERENTI (To The Best Deserving).

Symbolism

Shield

Orange and white are the colors used for the Signal Corps. The grape leaf refers to service in the Rhineland during World War II and the oriental dragon to service in Vietnam. The rayonné simulates an active electrical field; with the lightning flashes, it symbolizes the speed of communications. The flashes are pictured in red to represent the unit's Meritorious Unit Commendation Award.

Crest

The castle wall symbolizes strength and defense; its two towers represent the unit's World War II service in the American Theater and the Rhineland. The red escutcheon commemorates a Meritorious Unit Commendation; the lightning bolt highlights speed and electronic warfare. The bamboo spear shafts allude to Vietnam and the unit's three campaigns there. The ferrules and spearheads are red, white and blue, reflecting our National colors.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 10 January 1972. It was amended to include a crest on 5 March 1997.





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