Research Of The 39th Signal Battalion Symbols
By a former member of the 550th Signal Company

39th Insignia

A sketch of the Pre 1966 Unofficial InsigniaClick here for a larger picture.Click here for a larger picture.Click here for a larger picture.
Pre 1966                   1966                      1986                       1993 
   Unofficial               Recorded          Manufacturing           Recorded
Insignia                   Sketch                  Drawing                 Sketch

Link to Unofficial artwork by Joe

by: Joe Moore                                  Sketches courtesy: The Institute of Heraldry  

  The description and symbolism of the distinctive Unit Insignia for the 39th Signal battalion are as follows:
date: 11 May 1993 (simlar to the orginal 20 January 1967 document)


  A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall, consisting of a silver sward point up, the blade surmounted in cross by four intersecting red discs, the intersections silver, overall four black rays saltirewise in point; all in front of a silver encircling scroll inscribed "THE WILL TO SUCCEED" in black.


  The sword symbolizes service in Vietnam, for which the unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The intersecting quatrefoil, rays and saltire represent a radio beam and reflect aspects of the unit's mission. Red, black and silver, the former colors of Germany's national flag, allude to service in the Rhineland during World War II. Red and white are also the colors for the signal flags in the branch insignia.


Other Vietnam related sites hosted by MooreJ:

A Vietnam Memorial Wall name lookup lists. Joe's old Vietnam page. 550th Sig Co, 39th Sig Bn and Can Tho Army Airfield


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