Armorial Insignia of the USS Reeves DLG-24/CG-24.
The Sheild later was made Or, the Bald Eagle Proper. The Mermaids fish Tails Vert. The Pheons symbolises the Misslie armament of the Ship. The Other Figures symbolises the Sea operating theater of USS Revees.
Nice arms - clean, simple design, appropriate symbolism. The externals in white on light blue don’t show well; the later changes described but not shown should be a decided improvement—though another option would have been to change the background to something darker, possibly a dark blue.
The full colour version:
It would be interesting to know where the design originated. The ship was in commission from 1964 to 1993, but the basic arms have to date from before 1975, when the DLG designation (guided missile destroyer leader) was changed to CG (guided missile cruiser).
From the site dedicated to USS Reeves it appears that the insignia was created by the TIOH already for commissioning in 1964. The site quotes the Commissioning Booklet from 1964:
"The REEVES insignia was created by the United States Army Institute of Heraldry and is composed of various heraldic symbols which have appeared repetitively on the coats of arms of the Reeves family. The pheons symbolize the bearing of arms and the flames trailing from them further indicate REEVES’ missile capability. The chevron is, of course, a military device and the wavy upper edge represents the sea. REEVES’ inherent strength as well as her capability to strike beneath the sea is represented by the scallop shell. The eagle symbolizes the United States, and its place above the shield signifies the guardian role of our Naval Forces. The mermaids also symbolize the seas, the operating medium of the REEVES. Admiral Reeves’ rank is illustrated by the four stars appearing on each side of the border."
It’s interesting to read the symbolism of TIOH designs, but they tend IMO to be overly done - a verbal version of everything and the kitchen sink. Still, better to overdo the symbolic verbiage rather than the design of the arms themselves, which in this case are quite nice.
So, on Col Harry Temple’s watch, whether or not he took a personal hand in the design.