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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, branch insignia
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, branch insignia

A gold color triple turreted castle eleven-sixteenth inch in height.

The triple turreted castle has been in use by the Corps of Engineers since it was adopted in 1840. Prior to that time an insignia of a similar design was worn on the uniforms of the Corps of Cadets of the United States Military Academy since the Academy was under the supervision and direction of the Chief of Engineers. Selection of the turreted castle as the Engineer insignia followed the first major construction undertaken by the Corps of Engineers--the building of a system of castle-like fortifications for the protection of harbors along the Atlantic Coast. These fortifications, many of which are still standing, were in fact called "castles". By 1924, the insignia had involved into its current design and color (gold).

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, branch plaque
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, branch plaque

The plaque design has the branch insignia and border in gold and the letters are white. The background is scarlet.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regimental coat of arms
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regimental coat of arms

The coat of arms appears on the breast of a displayed eagle on the regimental flag. The coat of arms is: Gules, within a diminished bordure Argent a castle affronte, Or. The background of the flag is scarlet and the fringe is white. The motto "ESSAYONS" is on the scroll at the eagle's beak and the scroll below the eagle has the designation "CORPS OF ENGINEERS".

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regimental insignia
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regimental insignia

A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/16 inches in height consisting of a scarlet shield with silver border and gold castle at center and attached below a scarlet scroll inscribed "ESSAYONS" in silver. The regimental insignia was approved on 11 April 1986.

Scarlet and white are the colors of the Corps of Engineers. The castle and the motto "ESSAYONS" traditionally have been associated with the Corps.

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