863 Engineer Battalion
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per bend Azure and Gules, a bend nebuly Argent between in chief a sea lion holding in dexter paw a sword Or and in base a Philippine axe and a New Guinea sword club, saltirewise, point and axehead upwards, of the last. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “TACKLE ANYTHING” in Black letters.

Symbolism
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per bend Azure and Gules, a bend nebuly between a sea lion holding in dexter paw a sword Or, and a New Guinea “sword” club and a Philippine axe saltirewise of the like. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “TACKLE ANYTHING” in Black letters.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 7 December 1970. It was amended to update the description on 19 September 2016.




Coat of Arms


Blazon

Shield

Per bend Azure and Gules, a bend nebuly Argent between in chief a sea lion holding in dexter paw a sword Or and in base a Philippine axe and a New Guinea sword club, saltirewise, point and axehead upwards, of the last.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Azure, 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

TACKLE ANYTHING.

Symbolism

Shield

Scarlet and white are the colors of the Corps of Engineers. The sea lion with sword from the flag of the Philippine President refers to the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation awarded to the Battalion and the club and axe denote the New Guinea and Philippine (Leyte and Luzon) campaigns, World War II, in which the unit participated. The Battalion’s historic Engineer Aviation organization is represented by the blue chief and nebuly diagonal stripe which allude both to construction and maintenance of landing strips and providing bridges over waterways.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 13 October 1970. It was amended to correct the blazon on 19 September 2016.





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