505TH ENGINEER BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

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 chevron Gules and Argent in chief two fleurs-de-lis of the last and in base a hornet in silhouette of the first. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed “DISCIPLINED TO SERVE” in Black letters.

Symbolism
Scarlet and white are the traditional colors for Engineers. The two fleurs-de-lis recognize service in Europe of elements of the Battalion during World Wars I and II. The chevronwise division of the shield symbolizes Kings Mountain, a landmark near the Battalion’s headquarters. The hornet, noted for diligent building and ferocious defense, is symbolic of the mission of this citizen soldier engineer unit. It also is symbolic of North Carolina and its military tradition. A hornet’s nest appeared in that state’s first flag (1775); and General Cornwallis, Commander of the British troops, after the Battle of Kings Mountain is reported to have referred to the resistance of the mountain militia men as a “hornet’s nest.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 22 June 1982.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Per chevron Gules and Argent in chief two fleurs-de-lis of the last and in base a hornet in silhouette of the first.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the North Carolina Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules, a hornet’s nest hanging from a bough beset with thirteen hornets all Proper.

Motto

DISCIPLINED TO SERVE.

Symbolism

Shield

Scarlet and white are the traditional colors for Engineers. The two fleurs-de-lis recognize service in Europe of elements of the Battalion during World Wars I and II. The chevronwise division of the shield symbolizes Kings Mountain, a landmark near the Battalion’s headquarters. The hornet, noted for diligent building and ferocious defense, is symbolic of the mission of this citizen soldier engineer unit. It also is symbolic of North Carolina and its military tradition. A hornet’s nest appeared in that state’s first flag (1775); and General Cornwallis, Commander of the British troops, after the Battle of Kings Mountain is reported to have referred to the resistance of the mountain militia men as a “hornet’s nest.''

Crest

The crest is that of the North Carolina Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 22 June 1982.





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