The Distinctive Unit Insignia (DUI) of the 1st Signal Battalion was originally approved for the unit when it still carried its original designation, the 59th Signal Battalion, which it was given when it was constituted in 1927. “IN MEDIA RES,” the unit motto found on 1st Signal Battalion DUI (often called a unit crest), is Latin for “Into The Midst Of Things”—certainly appropriate for a formation that earned credit for participation in seven World War II campaigns (one of its companies earned credit for an astounding eighth campaign).

Inactivated in Germany within a few weeks of the Japanese surrender in the Pacific, the battalion was not activated again until 1 October 1961 in Germany 1st Signal Battalion (Combat Area) at Panzer Kaserne in Böblingen as part of VII Corps. After taking part in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (it was recognized for participation in all three of the conflict’s named campaigns), the battalion was inactivated on 30 June 1993.

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