359TH TRANSPORTATION BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height consisting of a brick red demi-fleur-de-lis surmounting a gold cross patée between stylized green mountains behind a horizontal figure eight-shaped scroll half white with a gold centerline, the other half blue crossing over the white at center from upper left to lower right and bearing the inscription "ACROSS THE BEACH" in gold letters.

Symbolism
Brick red and golden yellow are the colors of the Transportation Corps and the red, white and green combination refers to the country of Italy where the unit was activated in 1944. The unit participated in two Italian campaigns during World War II: The Rome-Arno Campaign is symbolized by the gold cross patée from the coat of arms of Rome and the wavy scroll for the Arno River; the North Apennines Campaign is represented by the Florentine fleur-de-lis pointing north and the stylized mountains. The figure eight scroll is suggestive of roadways and the transportation function.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 2 June 1970.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Or, issuant from a base Gules (Brick Red) a mount of three peaks the center most enhanced Vert charged with a cross paty, of the first, supporting a demi-fleur-de-lis of the second fimbriated Yellow; in base a mobius strip fesswise of the last turned Argent, garnished with a centerline Azure.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Gules (Brick Red), the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

ACROSS THE BEACH.

Symbolism

Shield

Brick red and golden yellow are the colors of the Transportation Corps and the red, white and green combination refers to the country of Italy where the unit was activated in 1944. The unit participated in two Italian campaigns during World War II: The Rome-Arno Campaign is symbolized by the gold cross paty from the coat of arms of Rome and the wavy scroll for the Arno River; the North Apennines Campaign is represented by the Florentine fleur-de-lis pointing north and the stylized mountains. The figure eight scroll is suggestive of roadways and the transportation function.

Crest

The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 16 June 1998.





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