82D RECONNAISSANCE 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 blazoned: Per fess enhanced Vert and Or, in chief on a pale between a mullet voided and fretted, and a fleur-de-lis all of the last, a lion rampant Sable, in base on a point arched Azure, a horse rampant of the second. Attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “AUDACITY” in Black letters.

Symbolism
Yellow and green are used for Armor. The voided and fretted mullet or star is taken from the Moroccan flag and represents the assault landing in France. In the place of honor is the Belgian lion (in the reverse colors of the Belgian arms), the arched point beneath and directed at it alluding to the Battalion having been the first allied unit to enter Belgium during World War II and for its advance across Belgium for which the unit was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre. The horse, taken from the arms of Westphalia, is for the Westphalian Plains engagement and is placed on blue in reference to the Distinguished Unit Citation awarded for this action. The blue, in combination with the yellow, also preserves the colors used by the Battalion for many years.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 30 November 1954. It was rescinded on 2 February 1959.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Per fess enhanced Vert and Or, in chief on a pale between a mullet voided and fretted, and a fleur-de-lis all of the last, a lion rampant Sable, in base on a point arched Azure, a horse rampant of the second.

Crest

On a wreath of the colors Or and Vert, a griffin passant Proper, collared Or.

Motto

AUDACITY.

Symbolism

Shield

Yellow and green are used for Armor. The voided and fretted mullet or star is taken from the Moroccan flag and represents the assault landing in France. In the place of honor is the Belgian lion (in the reverse colors of the Belgian arms), the arched point beneath and directed at it alluding to the Battalion having been the first allied unit to enter Belgium during World War II and for its advance across Belgium for which the unit was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre. The horse, taken from the arms of Westphalia, is for the Westphalian Plains engagement and is placed on blue in reference to the Distinguished Unit Citation awarded for this action. The blue, in combination with the yellow, also preserves the colors used by the Battalion for many years.

Crest

The griffin denotes watchfulness and the combative spirit and is symbolically joined by a collar to higher units.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 30 November 1954. It was amended to change the colors of the wreath of the crest and add the symbolism of the crest on 12 October 1955. It was rescinded on 2 February 1959.





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