Am Signal" 1977 version
"I Am Signal" 1990s version;
also called "The Signal Soldier's Creed"
The words of "I Am Signal" -- as written by SFC
Samuel Barnes and published in the Summer 1977 Army Communicator
-- are below.
"I Am Signal"
I am Signal -- the voice of command!
From place to place and hill to hill -- I communicate!
Over the years, I have been the nerve system of our nation's defenses.
I am Signal! Hear me!
I am Signal -- but my signalmen are soldiers
They, too, have tasted victory as well as defeat.
Some within my ranks, too, have died to keep Old Glory flying.
Their blood, too, stains Old Glory's hallowed stripes.
I wear the badge.
I wigwagged my way across the plains of Texas
and New Mexico with Myer.
I saved besieged Allatoona and directed artillery fire at Hampton Roads.
I was at Bull Run both times and Appomattox, too.
I operated the "Beardslee" and launched the "flying" telegraph.
I floated above battlefields in balloons.
I gave birth to the dirigible.
I rigged man with wings and launched the first military aircraft.
I was the first to put a soldier in the sky.
I froze with Greely at the North Pole.
I put the first cable and telegraph in Alaska.
I was aboard the Santiago at San Juan ... and waded in the shallows of Manila Bay.
When I signaled, masses of men moved -- and we won.
Through me, the commander's will will be done.
I was first off the boat in France.
I clicked telegraph keys in the Meuse-Argonne ... put telephones in the trenches at
Soissons ... spliced and respliced wire at Chateau-Thierry ... and sunk poles at Tartigny.
I flew with brave Cher Ami through a hail of lead.
I immortalized men and their deeds with the click of a shutter.
I, too, was "over there."
My radars guarded the approaches to many a
Corregidor, Saipan, Guam, Midway, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, to name a few. And yes, I was at
Hawaii that December morn -- that was one of my sadder moments.
I permitted islands, and ships, and aircraft, and men to talk to each other. I shot, and I
moved, and I communicated.
I am the Signal Corps.
I did my bit in other places, too.
I put radio relays in Algiers ... landed under fire at Salerno and Anzio ... fought
corrosion, mildew and mosquitos in China, Burma and India.
Neither weather nor disease could deter me -- I was determined.
I saw the mission through.
I guided the doom birds down from unfriendly
skies, and helped ships to plow unerringly through night waters off hostile shores.
I kept tabs on the weather and sent signals across spaces where neither wire, cable, nor
man could go.
I helped dim the rays of the rising sun.
I got the message through.
I, too, was "frozen at Chosen." I
manned sets on barren hills, and scanned dials and meters with weary eyes.
I pulled stubborn cable and spliced wire with frozen hands, and struggled up poles with
I braved sniper fire and landmines, and fought off charges by bayonet.
My weary mind deciphered code and took Morse.
My voice never faltered. I got the job done.
I am Signal -- hear me!
I was also in 'Nam. I was at my best there:
I dotted the deltas, perched precariously on the highest peaks and peered from beneath the
cover of jungle.
I connected outposts, hamlets, firebases, base camps, air bases, continents and,
seemingly, the world.
Through me, commanders and those for the commander communicated from camp to camp,
continent to continent and around the globe.
I did my thing, and I did it well.
In this century, I have bounced sensitive
whispers off the moon, and guided manmade moons in orbit around our earth.
For the first time ever, I have cupped my ears and listened to satellites. My far-reaching
voice can now reach across the vast expanse of space. I can guide rockets and missiles.
I can hear an enemy's whisper. I can see him in the dark.
I can do that and more. I am the Signal Corps.
Few wars have been fought without me, and the
Army seldom moves without me.
I am the eyes, ears, arms and voice of the commander.
I do his looking, listening, gathering and talking for him.
I am indispensable. I am the first to arrive and the last to leave.
I've done my job well, and I've left my mark.
Whenever there is a call to arms, I'll pack
up and ship out.
Wherever there is a threat to free men, you'll find me at port arms, ready to go.
I am effective, I am dependable, and I am mobile.
I am the nerve system of our national defense.
I am ready, willing and able to perform. I communicate!
I am Signal -- the voice of command! Hear me!
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("I Am Signal," 1990s version)
I am Signal, the voice of command.
I will defend my country in the face of any danger.
Nothing can deter me; I will get the job done, and I will win.
I believe in my training, my equipment, my comrades and my leaders. I depend on them, and
they depend on me.
I am Signal. Hear me.
I am the nerve system of our nations defense.
I connect companies, brigades, entire armies;
I speak from foxholes and from the White House.
Through me, the commanders will is done anywhere in the world and beyond.
I am Signal. Hear me.
I am proud of my heritage, of my achievements, and of the
triumphs of my corps.
I am honored to walk in the hallowed footprints of those who served before me: at Bull Run
and the Argonne; on Guam and Midway; in Korea and Vietnam; and in the deserts of Saudi
I am Signal. Hear me.
For a hundred years and more, I have spoken my
countrys freedom and my voice has never faltered.
This is the way it will always be, for I am Signal and I will never fail the corps, the
Army or my country.
I am ready, I am willing and I am strong;
I will shoot, move and communicate.
I will always get the message through.
I AM SIGNAL! HEAR ME!
Last modified on:
April 04, 2012