440th Signal Battalion, US Army

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Official blazon

Shield: Tenné,issuant from base a telegraphpole arraswise with two crossbeams, each arm holding four insolators with a like number of circuit wires bendsinisterwise, issuant from
the ends of the cross beams three flashes, all Argent.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Argent adn Tenné a pair of carabao horns Argent, bound Gules in front of a Korean temple Azure.
Motto: Maintaining contact

Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consiting of a shield blazoned: Tenné,issuant from base a telegraphpole arraswise with two crossbeams, each arm holding four insolators with a like number of circuit wires bendsinisterwise, issuant from the ends of the cross beams three flashes, all Argent. Attached below the shield is a Silver scroll inscribed "MAINTAINING CONTACT" in Black letters.

Origin/meaning

The Telegraph Pole symbolises the Signal role. The four circuits symbolises the the four components of the Battalion - HQ, two Signal Construction Companies and a Medical Detachment. The Crest symbolises service in the Philippines during World War Two and in the Korean War.

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 7 January 1943 for the 440th Signal Construction Battalion. The Coat of Arms was amended to add a Crest on 3 October 1974.


Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army