854TH 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, on a pale Argent a pallet of the first, overall a saltire couped of the second surmounted by a hurt fimbriated and charged with a mullet Silver voided Azure. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed " TOUTE OUTRANCE" in Red letters.

Symbolism
Red and white are the colors for the Corps of Engineers. The narrow red stripe on the white symbolizes the Meritorious Unit Citation of World War II. The white rimmed blue disc simulates a lagoon and the Islands of the Pacific. The white star on blue, suggested by the Air Force insignia, alludes to the Battalion's aviation classification. The saltire, taken from the arms of Amsterdam, represents a landing strip and also refers to the Dutch founding Poughkeepsie, the organization's headquarters. The blue star refers to the period when Poughkeepsie was the capital of the State of New York, and to New York's ratification of the Constitution of the United States. The motto translates to "Beyond Measure."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 22 May 1956.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules, on a pale Argent a pallet of the first, overall a saltire couped of the second surmounted by a hurt fimbriated and charged with a mullet Silver voided Azure.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On 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

TOUTE OUTRANCE (Beyond Measure)

Symbolism

Shield

Red and white are the colors for the Corps of Engineers. The narrow red stripe on the white symbolizes the Meritorious Unit Citation of World War II. The white rimmed blue disc simulates a lagoon and the Islands of the Pacific. The white star on blue, suggested by the Air Force insignia, alludes to the Battalion's aviation classification. The saltire, taken from the arms of Amsterdam, represents a landing strip and also refers to the Dutch founding Poughkeepsie, the organization's headquarters. The blue star refers to the period when Poughkeepsie was the capital of the State of New York, and to New York's ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 22 May 1956.





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