53D TRANSPORTATION BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a gold elephant's head bearing with and encircled by his raised trunk, a brick red tower with four conjoined gold arrowheads issuing from the turret and encircled in base by a black scroll inscribed "SIEGESRÄDER" in gold letters.

Symbolism
Brick red and golden yellow (gold) are the colors traditionally associated with the Transportation Corps. The heavy equipment (truck) of the organization is symbolized by the elephant and the tower, indigenous to Europe, the general area in which the unit served during World War II. The four arrowheads allude to the four assault landings made the Battalion.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 27 April 1966. On 27 September 1993, the description and symbolism was revised.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Or, a castle tower Gules (Brick Red) issuing four demi-arrows radiating to chief Sable, overall an elephant passant Proper.

Crest

Issuing from a wreath Or and Gules (Brick Red) two elephants' proboscises Proper supporting a wheel of eight spokes of the first with a felloe Gules charged with eight bezants, the hub bearing a decrescent of the fourth.

Motto

SIEGESRÄDER (Victory Wheels).

Symbolism

Shield

Brick red and golden yellow are colors traditionally associated with the Transportation Corps. The heavy equipment (truck) of the organization is symbolized by the elephant and the tower, indigenous to Europe, the general area in which the unit served during World War II. The four arrowheads allude to the four assault landings made by the Battalion.

Crest

The wheel highlights the unit's quartermaster heritage and the present transportation mission. Red symbolizes valor and sacrifice; gold, excellence and high ideals. The eight bezants honor the Battalion's campaign participation credit in World War II. The unit's baptism of fire was in Tunisia and is represented by the crescent. The elephant trunks underscore strength and the power of heavy transportation equipment.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 27 September 1993. It was amended to include a crest on 6 October 1999.





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