29TH ENGINEER BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/32 inches (2.78 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure a saltire Argent voided throughout Gules in chief a fleur-de-lis Or in base four mullets of the like, one, two and one; on a canton Argent a crescent Gules within a five bastioned fort of the like voided of the field.

Symbolism
The blue shield with the red saltire is from the arms of Langres, Haute Marne, France, and recalls the location of the headquarters of the 29th Engineers and the Base Printing Plant during World War I. The white piping along the red diagonals gives the Engineer colors. The four stars indicate the four major operations with the 29th Engineers are credited as follows: Aisne-Marne, Toul Sector, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne. The red five bastioned fort indicates the number of the parent organization (5th Engineers), and also recalls the Santiago Campaign of 1898. The crescent symbolizes the fighting against the Philippine Moros.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 29th Engineer Regiment on 12 February 1924. It was redesignated for the 29th Engineer Topographic Battalion on 29 April 1943. It was redesignated for the 29th Engineer Base Topographic Battalion on 10 April 1951. The insignia was authorized for the 29th Engineer Battalion (Base Topographic) on 4 April 1969.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Azure, a saltire Argent voided throughout Gules, in chief a fleur-de-lis Or, in base four mullets of the like, one, two and one; on a canton Argent a crescent Gules within a five bastioned fort of the like voided of the field.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Azure an engineer's transit couped at the head of the tripod, Proper.

Motto

PRAEVALEMUS (We Succeed).

Symbolism

Shield

The blue shield with the red saltire is from the arms of Langres, Haute Marne, France, and recalls the location of the headquarters of the 29th Engineers and the Base Printing Plant during World War I. The white piping along the red diagonals gives the Engineer colors. The four stars indicate the four major operations with the 29th Engineers are credited as follows: Aisne-Marne, Toul Sector, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne. The red five bastioned fort indicates the number of the parent organization (5th Engineers), and also recalls the Santiago Campaign of 1898. The crescent symbolizes the fighting against the Philippine Moros.

Crest

The engineer's transit indicates the original topographic mission of the unit.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 29th Engineer Battalion on 6 February 1924. It was amended to add a crest and motto on 14 March 1924. It was amended to correct the blazon of the shield on 7 October 1924. The insignia was redesignated for the 29th Engineer Topographic Battalion on 29 April 1943. It was cancelled on 4 April 1969. The coat of arms was reinstated for the 29th Engineer Battalion on 11 December 1996.





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