397 Engineer Battalion
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess dancetté of four Argent and Gules, on a canton of the second a transit head of the first and in base a bayonet fesswise of the like. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed “ESSAYONS TOUT DE SUITE” in Red letters.

Symbolism
Red and white are the colors used for Engineers. The red points allude to the mountainous terrain of Luzon where the Battalion fought in World War II. The transit head is an item of engineering equipment and is used with the bayonet to indicate the engineering-combat function of the Battalion. The canton represents their descent from the parent regiment, the 353d Engineers. The motto translates to “We Shall Do Immediately.”

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 31 January 1961.




Coat of Arms


Blazon

Shield

Per fess dancetté of four Argent and Gules, on a canton of the second a transit head of the first and in base a bayonet fesswise of the like.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules, 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

ESSAYONS TOUT DE SUITE (We Shall Do Immediately).

Symbolism

Shield

Red and white are the colors used for Engineers. The red points allude to the mountainous terrain of Luzon where the Battalion fought in World War II. The transit head is an item of engineering equipment and is used with the bayonet to indicate the engineering-combat function of the Battalion. The canton represents their descent from the parent regiment, the 353d Engineers.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 31 January 1961.





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