479TH 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: Per fess wavy Argent and Gules a bend embattled counter-embattled counterchanged, in chief a caltrap Sable. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "WE FIGHT TO BUILD" in Black letters.

Symbolism
White and red are the colors of the Engineers. The embattled bend and wavy partition line symbolize the repair and construction of roads and bridges to facilitate the movement of troops in combat. The caltrap (a defensive implement of medieval times which was usually strewn upon the ground in front of horse troops to impede their advance) represents the important mission of minelaying and minesweeping.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 5 January 1965.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess wavy Argent and Gules a bend embattled counter-embattled counterchanged, in chief a caltrap Sable.

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

WE FIGHT TO BUILD.

Symbolism

Shield

White and red are the colors of the Engineers. The embattled bend and wavy partition line symbolize the repair and construction of roads and bridges to facilitate the movement of troops in combat. The caltrap (a defensive implement of medieval times which was usually strewn upon the ground in front of horse troops to impede their advance) represents the important mission of minelaying and minesweeping.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 4 December 1964.





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