185TH QUARTERMASTER BATTALION
Distinctive Unit Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a gold Philippine sun on a white background centered behind the apex of an equilateral triangle charged with three horizontal wavy bars alternately of blue, white and blue and having centered thereon from base to apex two gold arrowheads the point of the lower one overlapping the base of the one above; encircling the sun symbol and terminating in a roll at either side of the triangle a scarlet scroll inscribed with “THE IRON WILL” in gold.
The equilateral triangle alludes to the flag of the Philippines where the parent unit saw most of its World War II service and the wavy bars refer to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater where that unit was engaged in two Philippine campaigns and one in the Bismarck Archipelago. The two arrowheads denote participation in assault landings in Luzon and Southern Philippine Campaigns. The gold sun symbol (as uses on the Philippine flag and on the President’s seal) and the scarlet scroll signify awards of the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation, respectively.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 185th Armor Group on 21 September 1970. It was redesignated for the 185th Transportation Battalion on 7 April 1972. The insignia was redesignated for the 185th Quartermaster Battalion with the description and symbolism revised on 13 November 1992.
Coat of Arms
ShieldAzure, a Philippine sun Buff debruised by the bow of a double key chevronwise wards to base Or, above a pile reversed of the like bearing two bars wavy in base of the first and charged with two broad arrows palewise suppressed Gules.
CrestThat for the regiments and separate battalions of the California Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Azure, the setting sun behind a grizzly bear passant on a grassy field all Proper.
MottoTHE IRON WILL.
ShieldBuff and blue are colors associated with the Quartermaster Corps. The double key suggests security and stewardship and reflects the Battalion’s duties. The sun symbol alludes to the Presidential Seal of the Philippines and denotes the unit’s award of the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. The triangle with wavy bars signifies the Battalion’s lineage in World War II Asiatic-Pacific Theater campaigns where it participated in the assault landings of Luzon and the Southern Philippines as indicated by the broad arrows. The arrows are red indicating the award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
CrestThe crest is that of the California Army National Guard.
The coat of arms was approved on 13 November 1992.