153D 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 with rounded top blazoned: Per fess wavy Gules and Azure, issuant from partition line three shovel blades Argent, one to chief bearing a pheon of the first and two to base flanking a sea lion grasping a sword in dexter paw of the third. Attached below and to the sides of the shield is a Silver scroll inscribed "QUOD FACIENDUM" in Black letters.

Symbolism
The colors scarlet and white (silver) are for the Corps of Engineers. The wavy partition line and blue base symbolize the Pacific area, in which the unit's battle honors (represented by the three stylized shovel blades) were won. The pheon, or crossbow arrowhead, represents the unit's participation in the Ryukyus beachhead and the sea lion from the arms of the city of Manila represents its service in the Philippines. The motto translates to "What Is To Be Done."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 2 October 1958.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess wavy Gules and Azure, issuant from partition line three shovel blades Argent, one to chief bearing a pheon of the first and two to base flanking a sea lion grasping a sword in dexter paw of the third.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the South Dakota Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules a coyote statant Proper.

Motto

QUOD FACIENDUM (What Is To Be Done).

Symbolism

Shield

The colors scarlet and white are for the Corps of Engineers. The wavy partition line and blue base symbolize the Pacific area, in which the unit's battle honors (represented by the three stylized shovel blades) were won. The pheon, or crossbow arrowhead, represents the unit's participation in the Ryukyus beachhead and the sea lion from the arms of the city of Manila represents its service in the Philippines.

Crest

The crest is that of the South Dakota Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 2 October 1958.





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