113TH SUPPORT BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/32 inches (2.78 cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Parti per pale Sable and Sanguine a Maltese cross Argent. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "FIRMITAS ET SANITAS" in Maroon.

Symbolism
Maroon and white are colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps, the branch of service of the parent organization. The white Maltese cross on a black shield is representative of the Knights Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem, an organization formed in Jerusalem during the Crusades in 1118, to attend the sick and wounded. This organization represented the first exclusively military medical unit in history. Black and maroon, with the white Maltese cross surmounted on the shield, signifies the similarity between the duties of the original medical organization and the duties of those which presently exist. The motto translates to "Strength and Health."

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 113th Medical Regiment, Kentucky and Indiana National Guard on 30 June 1926. It was redesignated for the 113th Medical Battalion on 29 September 1942. It was redesignated for the 113th Support Battalion with the description and symbolism revised on 10 November 1992.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Parti per pale Sable and Sanguine a Maltese cross Argent.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Indiana Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Sable, a demi-lion rampant Argent, holding in dexter paw a laurel branch Vert.

Motto

FIRMITAS ET SANITAS (Strength and Health).

Symbolism

Shield

Maroon and white are colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps, the branch of service of the parent organization. The white Maltese cross on a black shield is representative of the Knights Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem, an organization formed in Jerusalem during the Crusades in 1118, to attend the sick and wounded. This organization represented the first exclusively military medical unit in history. Black and maroon, with the white Maltese cross surmounted on the shield, signifies the similarity between the duties of the original medical organization and the duties of those which presently exist.

Crest

The crest is that of the Indiana Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 113th Medical Regiment, Kentucky and Indiana National Guard on 22 March 1924. It was redesignated for the 113th Medical Battalion on 10 October 1942. It was amended to delete the crest of the Kentucky National Guard on 30 January 1959. The insignia was redesignated for the 113th Support Battalion with the symbolism revised on 10 November 1992.





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