484 Transportation Battalion
Distinctive Unit Insignia
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a three-spoked gold steering wheel, vertical spoke to base with three horizontal wavy gold bars between the upper spokes all on a green area, surmounting the steering wheel lower left and right two eight-spoked gold wheels all conjoining another in base, each of the upper bearing a gold fleur-de-lis and the lower bearing a gold cross pattée all on a brick red area and all above a brick red scroll inscribed “WHEELS FORWARD” in gold letters.
Brick red and gold (golden yellow) are the colors used for the Transportation Corps. The steering wheel, symbolic of control and guidance, together with the three wheels, indicates the overall mission and capabilities of the organization. The wavy bars simulate water, alluding to the unit’s former designation as the 484th Port Battalion during World War II when it participated in the Rhineland and Southern France campaigns, denoted by the fleurs-de-lis, and the Rome-Arno campaign, denoted by the cross from the Arms of Rome. The design and the color green reflect the unit’s motto.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 29 December 1970.
Coat Of Arms
Gyronny of eight, Gules (Brick Red) and Sable, four pheons in saltire, points to center Or.
That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Gules, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Brick red and yellow are the colors of the Transportation Corps. The gyrons are representative of the unity of purpose of the organization, while the pheons are symbolic of the dexterity and nimbleness of wit of personnel of the organization in the performance of their duties. The pheons, the eight gyrons, and the four quarters of the shield as set off by the arrangement of the colors of the gyrons are suggestive of the numerical designation of the organization.
The crest is that of the U.S. Army Reserve.
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 484th Port Battalion on 23 February 1943. It was cancelled on 13 September 1976. The insignia was reinstated and redesignated for the 484th Transportation Battalion with the motto changed on 8 October 1996.