351ST SURGICAL HOSPITAL
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a maroon cross bearing a silver sword point down, superimposed upon a stylized red Zia sun symbol with diagonal axis and all enveloped in base by two loops of a wavy blue scroll doubled and inscribed "WHEREVER THE SOLDIER FALLS" in silver letters.

Symbolism
Maroon and white (silver) are the colors associated with the Medical Corps. The wavy blue scroll refers to the Pacific and the Presidential Unit Citation for World War II service in Papua, New Guinea. The Zia sun, a symbol of New Mexico, alludes to the unit's home location as well as a sunrise, hope and opportunity. Red symbolizes the lifeblood and courage of the soldier the Hospital is dedicated to serve. The sword, point down, symbolizes the soldier, rendered inactive but within the care of highly skilled and devoted personnel of the organization symbolized by the maroon cross.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 7 August 1987.





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