425th Civil Affairs Battalion, US Army
425TH CIVIL AFFAIRS BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Purpure, a bezant, issuing from base a demi-roundel Celeste; overall a torii Gules the base surmounted by a palm frond and a quill saltirewise Or.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Purpure, 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.
Motto: WIN THE PEACE.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Purpure, a bezant, issuing from base a demi-roundel Celeste; overall a torii Gules the base surmounted by a palm frond and a quill saltirewise Or. Attached below the shield a red scroll inscribed "WIN THE PEACE" in gold.
Purple is the primary color used by Civil Affairs units. The disc, representing a globe, is adapted from the Civil Affairs insignia of branch and symbolizes unit readiness worldwide. The torii stands for mission operations in Korea. The battalion's secondary mission in the Far East and unit associations with Hawaii and Santa Barbara are recalled by gold the disc, symbolizing the sun. The quill refers to the Civil Affairs mission and denotes administrative excellence. The palm frond alludes again to the unit's secondary mission. Gold stands for excellence, red for courage and sacrifice, blue for unit capabilities worldwide.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved 13 October 1995.
Literature: DUI Image from Wikimedia Commons, Coat of Arms Image from Olompvo on Pinterest. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.