USS OLDENDORF (DD972)
Coat of Arms


The design of the OLDENDORF Coat of Arms is a composite of emblems representing Admiral Oldendorf's achievements during his illustrious career. The shield commemorates Admiral Oldendorf's crossing of the "T" in the epic sea Battle of Surigao Strait during World War II, which resulted in a brilliant and decisive victory for the United States.

Crest

The vertical blue bar, alluding to a narrow passage or waterway, refers to the Surigao Strait, and the eight red and white sections of the background represents the total losses of the enemy in terms of the number of ships sunk, damaged or crippled.
The blue chief at the top crossing of the "T" battle plan, with the upper section simulating a red sky over the night Battle of Surigao Strait.
The four stars denote Admiral Oldendorf's highest rank.
The crest symbolizes the award of the Navy Cross, The Navy's highest decoration, awarded to Admiral Oldendorf for exceptional leadership and heroism in the Battle of Surigao Strait.
The trident signifies authority and power and the annulet with red center suggests the muzzle of a gun in action.
The two wavy bars are indicative of World War II and the Pacific area.
The ship's motto, "Ad Proelium Victoriamque Futuram" (To the Fight and Victory Ahead) is the Latin translation of a line taken from Admiral Oldendorf's memoirs regarding his charge to his forces on the eve of the decisive Battle of Surigao Strait.



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