304TH MILITARY POLICE BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Vert, on a dodecafoil Or, a frontiersman statant affronté in sombrero, short breeches and leather boots armed with rifle and cartridge belt all of the second. Attached below the shield a Gold motto scroll inscribed "COMIS SED FORTITER" in Gold letters.

Symbolism
Yellow and green are colors traditionally associated with the Military Police Corps. The dodecafoil represents the sunflower, the state flower of Kansas, the state of activation. The frontiersman, or scout, with the appearance of alertness and readiness, symbolizes the functions of the Battalion. The motto translates to "Courteous Yet Resolute" and is expressive of the characteristics of the personnel in performance of their duties.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 742d Military Police Battalion on 11 January 1943. It was redesignated for the 304th Military Police Battalion on 26 August 1957. It was amended to change the description of the shield on 3 October 1957. The insignia was approved for the 304th Military Police Battalion with the effective date of wear on 16 December 1991 and amended to revise the description and symbolism.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Vert, on a dodecafoil Or surmounted by a frontiersman statant affronté garbed in sombrero, leather tunic, short breeches and boots, grasping in his sinister and belted with cartridge, all Proper.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Vert, 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

COMIS SED FORTITER (Courteous Yet Resolute).

Symbolism

Shield

The yellow and green are colors of the Military Police. The dodecafoil represents the sunflower, the state flower of Kansas, the state of activation. The frontiersman or scout with the appearance of alertness and readiness symbolizes the functions of the Battalion. The motto is expressive of the characteristics of the personnel in the performance of their duties.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 742d Military Police Battalion on 11 January 1943. It was redesignated for the 304th Military Police Battalion and amended to add the Army Reserve crest on 26 August 1957. It was amended to update the blazon on 3 June 1999.





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