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38th Signal Battalion
38th Signal Battalion Coat of Arms-vector.svg
38th Signal Battalion Coat of Arms


Disbanded 1991
Country United States
Branch United States Army
Type Signal
Motto(s) Signal Ready
Decorations Army Superior Unit Award ribbon.svg
Superior Unit Award
Distinctive unit insignia 38 Sig Bn DUI.jpg

The 38th Signal Battalion is a unit of the United States Army. It was last active from January 17, 1986 to June 15, 1991.

Coat of Arms

Shield: Tenné, three lightning flashes—two per saltire and one per pale argent—centered overall a sinister gauntlet sable.

Crest: On a wreath of the colors argent and tenné a demiglobe of the like gridlined argent surmounted by a mullet, points fleury or.

Symbolism: Orange and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Signal Corps. The three lightning flashes symbolize command, control, and communication. The gauntlet represents strength and unity. The orange demiglobe represents the unit’s involvement in world-wide communications. The gold five-pointed star denotes the five campaign participation credits awarded the unit for service in France and Central Europe, as represented by the fleurs-de-lis.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The distinctive unit insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms.


The 38th Signal Construction Battalion was organized on May 11, 1942.[1] On October 6, 1942 it became affiliated with the with the New York Telephone Company. The battalion move to Camp Toccoa, Georgia on July 1, 1943 and affiliation with NYT was terminated.

The battalion reorganized and redesignated on May 20, 1945 as the 38th Signal Light Construction Battalion. The unit then left Europe on July 7, 1945 on the USS General H. W. Butner (AP-113) and arrived in Okinawa on September 1, 1945. The battalion was inactivated January 30, 1946 on Okinawa.


The 56th Field Artillery Command reorganized on January 17, 1986.[2] The communications sections in all of the subordinate field artillery battalions were consolidated into the reactivated 38th Signal Battalion.

Subordinate units

The battalion provided communication links for the command and control of the Pershing missile in garrison, during field operations and at Combat Alert Status sites. Communications equipment included the AN/TRC-184 radio terminal set and the AN/MSC-6 satellite communications terminal.

The battalion was deactivated June 15, 1991 when the 56th Field Artillery Command was deactivated.


  • World War II
    • Normandy
    • Northern France
    • Rhineland
    • Ardennes-Alsace
    • Central Europe
    • Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Streamer without inscription


  • Army Superior Unit Award (January 1986 – December 1986)[3][4]


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