17th Armored Engineer Battalion in World War 2

17th Engineers during World War Two

Distinctive Unit Insignia 17th AEB

Distinctive Unit Insignia of the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion

Original Distinctive Unit Crest 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, wartime design, from may 19, 1945. (Made by and courtesy of E. Wijshake, 2020)

Official Discription 1958

Official Discription 1958 (NARA)



Commander 17th Engineer Battalion Fort Hood, Texas 76546

1. The distinctive Insignia for the 17th Engineer Battalion was:
a. Originally approved for the 17th Engineer Battalion (Armored), 19 May 1941;
b. Redesignated for the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, 14 December 1951
c. Redesignated for the 17th Engineer Battalion, 21 November 1958.
2. The description and symbolism are as follows:


A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches in height overall consisting of the shield and motto of the coat of arms.


The shield is red for Engineers, and the mailed fist is indicative of the power and aggressiveness of the organization, while the portable ramp indicates one of Its functions.

3. The distinctive insignia will be worn in accordance with AR 670-5.
4. This authorization is in accordance with paragraph 14-I9a, AR 670-5.

Orginal photo’s of 17th Engineers wearing the unit crest during the 2nd World War

Family Banner 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, Company B

Flag/ banner of the 2nd Armored Division, 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, Company B. measerment 6″ (inch) x 11″ (inch).  The “17th and “Co B” addition was done with needle and thread by the next of kin to emphasize the specific unit their loved one served in.


17th Armored Engineer Battalion Company Banner. From E. Wijshake.