39TH MEDICAL GROUP
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A silver color metal and enamel insignia 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of two silver serpents erect and facing one another behind a silver-bordered maroon disc bearing a silver cornflower, the outer edge of the silver border nine sided; all above a silver scroll inscribed “CONSERVE LIFE” in maroon letters.

Symbolism
The colors maroon and white (silver) are used for units of the Army Medical Department. The serpents, long associated with the medical profession, are symbols of renewal of life and of wisdom. The plant is an emblem of the life cycle; the cornflower, Germany’s national flower refers to the unit’s participation in the World War II Rhineland campaign. The encircling border stands for completeness and perfection. In addition, the three petals of the cornflower and the nine sides of the border allude to the Group’s numerical designation.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 20 October 1969.





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