332nd Medical Brigade, US Army

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332ND MEDICAL BRIGADE, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of 332nd Medical Brigade, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Coat of arms (crest) of 332nd Medical Brigade, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a blue field edged white within a 1/8 inch (.32cm) maroon border, 2 inches (5.08cm) in width and 3 inches (7.62cm) in height overall, semicircular at top with vertical sides and a 90 degree point to base, three white five-pointed stars above a white-edged scarlet cross issuant from base with lateral arms throughout.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a silver fleur-de-lis with blue center petal and silver centerline between two stylized evergreens, and centered overall a maroon cross pateé the arms embattled and charged at center with a small silver cross couped.

Origin/meaning

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The white stars on a blue field refer to the State Flag of Tennessee, the unit's home area and the V-shape of the base alludes to the nickname, "Volunteer State." The scarlet cross is symbolic of medical care and the colors white and maroon are traditionally associated with the Army Medical Department. The outer shape is symbolic of medicine and surgery, the rounded top suggesting a capsule of medicine and the pointed bottom the edge of a scalpel.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: Maroon and white are the colors associated with the Army Medical Department. The unit's World War II campaign service is symbolized by the fleur-de-lis in blue and silver representing the campaigns of Normandy and Northern France; the evergreens allude to the Ardennes Alsace campaign. The embattled turrets forming the cross suggest the castles of the Rhineland, and the Central Europe campaign is denoted by the silver cross at center. The Meritorious Unit streamer awarded for service in the European Theater is also represented by the embattled maroon cross.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 5 August 1985. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 22 October 1985.

Literature: Images and Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army


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