5TH FIELD HOSPITAL
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a scarlet Greek cross in front of an eight-rayed gold sun bearing a white ray throughout to each point, and extending over the sun, enclosing the base and sides of the cross, a blue New Guinea "sword" club inclined with head at upper left and shaft conjoined in center base with the blade of a blue Luzon bolo inclined with head at upper right, and below the cross on a horizontal maroon scroll doubled-looped overall, the inscription "TO COMFORT" above "ALWAYS" in gold letters.

Symbolism
Maroon and white are colors used for the Army Medical Department. The eight-rayed sun commemorates the organization's service in World War II for which it was awarded the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; the New Guinea "sword" club and Luzon bolo refer to the campaigns. Additionally, the two weapons simulate a "V" and allude to the numerical designation of the Field Hospital. The scarlet cross emblematic of aid and assistance, and the rays of the sun which are symbolic of healing, refer to the Hospital.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 4 February 1970.





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