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Octavio Enrique Manduley

Registration number 20100224B

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Octavio Enrique Manduley are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Per pale Gules and Azure on a chevron counterchanged, with three escallop shells Argent and cotised with rope Or between in chief two mullets and in base a phoenix rising Argent enflamed Or.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Gules, an elephant with trunk raised proper harnessed Gules and caparisoned Argent a cross Gules, before a palm tree Or.
Motto: "Audentes Fortunas Iuvat" (Fortune Favors the Bold)


2010 Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

Biographical information

Born in Cuba, on July 15, 1958, Octavio Manduley and his family immigrated to the United States in 1960 and was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. A retired Naval officer, Octavio’s assignments have included service as Deputy Chief Information Officer, on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, numerous positions of executive leadership including Captain of a warship, second in command of an assault aircraft carrier and Chief Staff Officer coordinating the enterprise activities of several military staffs. During Operation Enduring Freedom, he was the Commander of a combined US-Australian Task Group in the Indian Ocean, assigned to protect the British Indian Ocean Territories and support local US Air Force operations. Following his retirement from the US Navy, Octavio began his career in the private sector culminating in his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of an overseas subsidiary company located in Spain, of a major global defense and security company. Octavio is the recipient of a Master of Administration degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University, St Louis, Missouri; a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Political Studies from the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, South Carolina and has attended the National War College in Washington, DC.

Design rationale

The elements of these arms reflect my cultural heritage, experiences, family and military achievements. The elephant in the crest represents the values of courage, love and loyalty which I prize. It is draped with a banner depicting St. George’s cross, which is the symbol of Genoa, where the first ancestor of my paternal line came to Cuba from. St George’s cross also has relevance to my two sons, whose maternal line originates from England, where it is that nation’s symbol. St George is also a venerated figure of courage, fidelity and military service. The elephant stands before a golden palm. It represents my Mediterranean and Caribbean family tree and its roots. The red and gold mantling surrounding the shield represents my family’s strong genealogical connection to Spain and Spanish culture.The shield elements continue the themes of culture, experiences, family and service. The shield is cross-hatched with a field of red and blue and contains white charges and symbols. Each color represents the color and star fields of the Cuban and United States flags. The two stars have double meanings. First and most importantly, they represent my two sons, who are my greatest achievement, pride and legacy. The stars also represent those that adorn the star fields of the flags of Cuba and the United States. The chevron in the shield is delineated and bordered by golden strands of rope as commonly used on ships at sea. It contains three scallops, the symbol of far journeys and voyages. Each scallop represents my journeys to far places bordering the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. The aggregate of these nautical themes also resonate with the historical legacy of my ancestors originating from Liguria and Spain. The final element, or charge on the shield, is a white Phoenix being reborn from a golden pyre. It represents the rebirth of my family heritage from Italy and Spain to Cuba, Cuba to the United States and the common characteristic my family has experienced of continuously redefining and renewing itself. My motto is the Latin phrase: Audentes Fortunas Iuvat or “Fortune Favors the Bold”. It is meant to encourage and remind that great rewards come to those with courage, innovation and audacity.

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Personal, Original, US, M

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