Distinctive Unit Insignia
Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) consisting of a shield blazoned: Per pall Argent, Gules and Azure, over the second and third an Igorot war shield and kris in saltire Or. Attached above the shield a wreath of the colors Argent and Gules three mullets Or. Attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “LAGING UNA” in Blue letters.
Symbolism: The colors of the shield represent the National colors of the Philippines and the United States. The crossed kris and Igorot war shield represent the two dominant war-like pagan tribes of the islands. The three stars are taken from the Philippine flag and symbolize Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, the three principal islands.
Background: The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 30 November 1942. It was rescinded/cancelled on 10 August 1959.