USS lNGERSOLL (DD-990) COAT OF ARMS
The official crest of lNGERSOLL was highly symbolic of the man whose name it bore. The upraised trident pointing in a westerly direction in front of a globe represented Admiral Royal Eason Ingersoll's responsibility for the defense of the Western Hemisphere during the early critical years of World War II. The shield symbolized Admiral Ingersoll's contributions as Commander-In Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet during the Second World War. The determined antisubmarine measures he employed so successfully in dealing with the U-boat menace in the Battle of the Atlantic were represented by the invected line (a series of shallow "U"s). The three fusils simulated ships and alluded to the escort of convoys to the United Kingdom, the Mediterranean, and throughout the South Atlantic (including the Caribbean). The fusils further alluded numerically to the three generations of distinguished Naval Officers to bear the name of Ingersoll. The cross referred to the Navy Cross, one of the many decorations awarded to Admiral lngersoll during his long career. The motto COGNlTUS EVENTU translates from the Latin form as "Known By The Results". This embodied the spirit of Admiral Ingersoll, his commands, and the destroyer which now bears his name.