551st History

551st Battalion History


551st Signal Battalion Lineage

Constituted 10 December 1941 in the Army of the United States as the 551st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion, Separate
Activated 15 December 1941 at Fort Dix, New Jersey
Redesignated 12 December 1942 as the 551st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion
Inactivated 1 February 1946 in the Philippine Islands
Redesignated 23 September 1986 as the 551st Signal Battalion and allotted to the Regular Army; Headquarters concurrently transferred to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command and activated at Fort Gordon, Georgia

551st Signal Battalion Honors

Campaign Participation Credit World War II: Northern Solomons; Leyte; Southern Philippines
Decorations Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945
Company A additionally entitled to: Army Superior Unit Award for 1999-2000

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description: A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, on a pile Tenné a bell of the first, two flaunches of the second, fretty of the field; attached below the shield a Silver scroll doubled Orange and inscribed "VIDEO ET MONEO" in Black letters.
 Symbolism: In the orange and white of the Signal Corps, the wedge-shaped pile is symbolic of the driving force of the organization, the bell representing contact. The V-shaped pile is also symbolic of victory; the interlacing or grill on each side represents the plotting functions of the organization. The motto is translated "I WATCH AND WARN."
Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 551st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion on 20 December 1942. It was redesignated for the 551st Signal Battalion effective 16 September 1986

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon:
     Shield: Argent, on a pile Tenné a bell of the first, two flaunches of the second, fretty of the field.
     Crest: From a wreath Argent and Tenné a sea lion Or gorged with a collar barry of three Azure, Argent and Gules and grasping in dexter claw a lightning bolt barbed palewise Celeste.
     Motto: VIDEO ET MONEO (I watch and warn).
Symbolism:
     Shield: In the orange and white of Signal Corps, the wedge-shaped pile is symbolic of the driving force of the organization, the bell representing contact. The V-shaped pile is also symbolic of victory; the interlacing or grill on each side represents the plotting functions of the organization.
     Crest: The sea lion, adapted from the Philippine Presidential flag, commemorates the unit's campaign participation in the Philippines during World War II, and the collar reflects the colors of the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation as well as our national colors. Electronic capabilities are represented by the lightning bolt, whose barbs allude to combat readiness, while light blue refers to the South Seas and the geographical area of Philippines.
     Background: The coat of arms was originally approved for the 551st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion on 20 December 1942. It was amended to correct the blazonry of the shield on 15 January 1943. It was redesignated for the 551st Signal Battalion effective 16 September 1986. The coat of arms was amended to include a crest on 11 February 1997.

POC

551st Signal Battalion
Fort Gordon, GA 30905
Battalion Staff Duty  (706)-791-4124
DSN number  (312) 780-4124
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