73D ORDNANCE BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Or, three swords, points meeting at honor point Azure; and attached below the shield a Blue scroll inscribed "AD ALTA" in gold letters.

Symbolism
The three swords represent the attributes: courage, ingenuity and perseverance. The motto translates to "To The Heights."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 73d Quartermaster Battalion (Light Maintenance) on 8 September 1941. It was redesignated for the 73d Ordnance Battalion on 9 July 1943. It was redesignated for the 73d Armored Ordnance Maintenance Battalion on 16 June 1949. The insignia was redesignated for the 73d Ordnance Battalion on 1 July 1957. It was amended to add a description on 18 July 1986.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Or, three swords, points meeting at honor point Azure.

Crest

None.

Motto

AD ALTA (To The Heights).

Symbolism

Shield

The three swords represent the attributes: courage, ingenuity and perseverance.

Crest

None.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 73d Quartermaster Battalion (Light Maintenance) on 8 September 1941. It was redesignated for the 73d Ordnance Battalion on 9 July 1943. It was redesignated for the 73d Armored Ordnance Maintenance Battalion on 16 June 1949. The insignia was redesignated for the 73d Ordnance Battalion on 1 July 1957. It was updated on 18 July 1986. It was amended to change the English translation of the motto on 17 November 1988.





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