248TH ARTILLERY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
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 chief embattled Or a fleur-de-lis of the first. Attached above the shield from a wreath Or and Gules, a raven with wings endorsed issuing out of a ducal drown all Proper. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “FACILLIME PRINCEPS” in Black letters.

Symbolism
The shield is red for Artillery. During World War I, the 248th Coast Artillery occupied five forts at Puget Sound, which barred the way to the invader; the chief is therefore embattled and has five crenelles to represent this service. For the overseas duty of the organization, a fleur-de-lis is used. The motto translates to “Meet Easily the First, or Foremost.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 248th Coast Artillery Battalion (Harbor Defense) on 19 January 1934. It was redesignated for the 248th Coast Artillery Regiment on 6 April 1942. It was redesignated for the 700th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 23 January 1952. The insignia was redesignated for the 248th Artillery Regiment on 6 April 1961.




Coat of Arms

Coat Of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Gules, on a chief embattled Or a fleur-de-lis of the first.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Washington Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules, a raven with wings endorsed issuing out a ducal coronet all Proper

Motto

FACILLIME PRINCEPS (Meet Easily the First, or Foremost.”

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is red for Artillery. During World War I, the 248th Coast Artillery occupied five forts at Puget Sound, which barred the way to the invader; the chief is therefore embattled and has five crenelles to represent this service. For the overseas duty of the organization, a fleur-de-lis is used.

Crest

The crest is that of the Washington Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 248th Coast Artillery Battalion (Harbor Defense) on 22 January 1934. It was redesignated for the 248th Coast Artillery Regiment on 6 April 1942. It was redesignated for the 700th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on 23 January 1952. The insignia was redesignated for the 248th Artillery Regiment on 6 April 1961.





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