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242nd Engineer Battalion (United States Army) STICKER Die-Cut Vinyl Decal

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242nd Engineer Battalion (United States Army) STICKER Die-Cut Vinyl Decal

Spice up your MacBook, Laptop, Car, Water bottle or any other flat smooth surface with this full color glossy laminated decal. This decal is solvent printed on 6mil vinyl with a 1.5mil layer of laminate to protect from water, UV and scratches. Printed in the USA.

Description

A Gold color metal and enamel device consisting of a shield blazoned:  Gules, a fleur-de-lis Or; on a chief Argent a saltire Azure.  Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Red scroll turned Gold inscribed “DEVOIR” in Gold letters.


Symbolism

The shield is scarlet and white, the colors used for the Corps of Engineers, the gold fleur-de-lis on the scarlet filed representing service as Artillery in France during World War I.  The saltire simulates a brace or support used in engineering construction and is blue in color in reference to those elements of the Battalion which were originally Infantry.  The motto translates to “Duty.”


Background

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 242d Coast Artillery (Harbor Defense) on 16 February 1928.  It was redesignated for the 283d Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion and amended to delete a charge (lion) due to the reorganization of Connecticut National Guard units and change in historical facts on 31 March 1952.  It was redesignated for the 283d Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion and amended to add the motto on 29 September 1958.  The insignia was redesignated for the 242d Engineer Battalion and amended to change the symbolism on 22 January 1970.