44TH SURGICAL HOSPITAL
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height consisting of a gold Korean temple centered upon a white cross and across the center of the temple a row of three small rectangles, one blue between two red; above the temple and partially obscured by the upper arm of the cross a blue wheel flanked by two sprigs of laurel, the bottom of the cross enclosed by a semi-circular maroon scroll bearing the motto "TO AID THE FALLEN" in gold letters, the scroll terminating at either side of the cross.

Symbolism
White and maroon are the colors of the Army Medical Department. The cross, representing the Hospital function, is white in recognition of the importance of cleanliness and antiseptics in surgery. The blue wheel at top is from the flag of India and represents service in the India-Burma campaign of World War II. The unit's two Korean War campaign credits are represented by the Korean temple at center with the colors red and blue referring to the Korean flag and the gold laurel sprigs alluding to an award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in Korea.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 21 January 1970.





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