8TH FIELD HOSPITAL
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches in height overall consisting of two gold bamboo stalks crosswise surmounted at the center by a white octagon bearing a gold fleur-de-lis, all upon a maroon background edged at the upper area with a green arched laurel branch extending from each end of the horizontal arm and terminating at the top of each side of the vertical arm, and below, a gold scroll suspended downward from the horizontal arm, curved across the base of the vertical arm and inscribed "DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS" in maroon letters.

Symbolism
Maroon and white are the colors used for the Army Medical Department. The gold bamboo stalks and green laurel leaves commemorate the organization's service in the Republic of Vietnam for which it was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The fleur-de-lis refers to the unit's campaign service in the European Theater, World War II. The cross is a universal symbol of support and aid in distress and denotes the healing mission of the unit. The eight sides of the white octagon allude to the numerical designation of the Field Hospital.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 25 February 1969.





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