718TH ANTIAIRCRAFT ARTILLERY GUN BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

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: Gules, a pale Argent charged with a palm tree Proper, in dexter fess a tower triple towered and in sinister a fleur-de-lis encircled by a garland of laurel all Or, within a bordure Gyronny of the last and of the first. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Red scroll turned Gold inscribed “RIEN A PAS BEAU” in Gold letters.

Symbolism
The red shield is for Artillery; the Spanish castle is for the Philippine service of the 250th Coast Artillery Regiment in the Spanish-American War; the palm tree is for service in the Philippine Insurrection; and the wreathed fleur-de-lis is for World War I; while the border indicates the descent of the 536th Field Artillery Battalion from the 250th Coast Artillery. The motto translates to “Nothing Is In Vain.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved for the 718th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion on 11 December 1951. It was rescinded on 26 June 1961.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Gules, a pale Argent charged with a palm tree Proper, in dexter fess a tower triple towered and in sinister a fleur-de-lis encircled by a garland of laurel all Or, within a bordure Gyronny of the last and of the first.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.

Motto

RIEN A PAS BEAU (Nothing Is In Vain).

Symbolism

Shield

The red shield is for Artillery; the Spanish castle is for the Philippine service of the 250th Coast Artillery Regiment in the Spanish-American War; the palm tree is for service in the Philippine Insurrection; and the wreathed fleur-de-lis is for World War I; while the border indicates the descent of the 536th Field Artillery Battalion from the 250th Coast Artillery.

Crest

The crest is that of the California Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 536th Field Artillery Battalion on 15 February 1945. It was redesignated for the 718th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion and amended by the addition of the California Army National Guard crest on 11 December 1951. It was rescinded on 26 June 1961.





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