391ST ENGINEER BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, a saltire Argent, overall at fess point a hurt fimbriated of the second and charged with a sea lion grasping in sinister paw a sword of the like. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "BUILD AND DESTROY" in Blue.

Symbolism
Red and white are the branch colors for the Corps of Engineers. The white saltire and the red field are the reverse colors of the Florida state flag; the blue circle simulates a lake and alludes to the former location of the unit in Lakeland, Florida. The saltire alludes to a brace used in engineering construction. The sea lion, adapted from the Philippine coat of arms, refers to the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, awarded to the unit. The two crosses of the saltire reflect the two battle honors received during World War II.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 27 September 1954. It was amended to change the motto on 18 April 1994. It was amended to correct the description on 31 May 1994.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules, a saltire Argent, overall at fess point a hurt fimbriated of the second and charged with a sea lion grasping in sinister paw a sword of the like.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules, 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

BUILD AND DESTROY.

Symbolism

Shield

Red and white are the branch colors for the Corps of Engineers. The white saltire and the red field are the reverse colors of the Florida state flag; the blue circle simulates a lake and alludes to the former location of the unit in Lakeland, Florida. The saltire alludes to a brace used in engineering construction. The sea lion, adapted from the Philippine coat of arms, refers to the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, awarded to the unit. The two crosses of the saltire reflect the two battle honors received during World War II.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 27 September 1954. It was amended to change the motto on 18 April 1994.





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