3D ORDNANCE BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, on a bend between a spur gear and a feather palm tree, Or, three torteaux. Attached below the shield a Red scroll turned Gold inscribed "SERVICE, NOT GLORY" in Gold letters.

Symbolism
Crimson (red) and yellow (gold) are the colors of the Ordnance Branch. The torteaux, simulating cannon balls, allude to the numerical designation of the unit. The spur gear represents maintenance, and the palm tree is characteristic of the flora of the countryside where the battalion was organized, i.e., Southern California.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 3d Ordnance Battalion (Maintenance) on 26 August 1942. It was redesignated for the 3d Ordnance Battalion on 14 April 1955.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules (Crimson), on a bend between a spur gear and a feather palm tree Or, three torteaux of the field.

Crest

From a wreath Or and Gules (Crimson), a shell palewise Sable charged with four mullets in pale of the second, flanked on either side by two pheons Proper.

Motto

SERVICE, NOT GLORY.

Symbolism

Shield

The background is crimson and the bend is yellow, the colors of the Ordnance Branch. The torteaux, simulating cannon balls, allude to the numerical designation of the unit. The spur gear represents maintenance, and the palm tree is characteristic of the flora of the countryside where the battalion was organized, i.e., Southern California.

Crest

Crimson and yellow are the colors traditionally used by Ordnance. The shell suggests ammunition, highlighting the mission of the battalion as explosive and ammunition disposal. It is charged with four stars symbolizing the unit's decorations. The two pheons represent the organization's service in World War II and Vietnam.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 3d Ordnance Battalion on 14 September 1942. It was rescinded on 14 April 1955. It was reinstated for the 3d Ordnance Battalion on 20 May 1997. The insignia was amended to include a crest on 27 July 1998.





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