145TH SURGICAL HOSPITAL
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a blue triangle, one point down, bearing a red disc edged silver charged with a silver cross flanked on either side by a silver staff entwined with a green serpent; at top an arced maroon scroll inscribed "GUARDIANS" and at bottom a maroon scroll inscribed "OF LIFE," all in silver letters, and all enclosed on either side in base by a silver branch of laurel.

Symbolism
Maroon and white (silver) are the colors associated with the Army Medical Corps. Blue signifies loyalty and devotion; green denotes good health and vitality. The staff of Aesculapius, the mythological god of medicine, represents life-giving powers and wisdom. The blue triangle charged with a red disc is adapted from the state flag of Ohio and refers to the unit's home area. The silver cross reflects medicine, compassion and zeal. The laurel symbolizes achievement and high ideals.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 19 January 1990.





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