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Distinctive Unit Insignia

A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height consisting of a white rock bearing a maroon Maltese cross beneath and within a maroon scroll inscribed "STRIVE TO SAVE" in gold letters, all above a gold Philippine sun issuing downward from the base of the rock, the ends of the scroll terminating on the horizontal rays of the sun.

The maroon cross on the white rock stands for the 7th Combat Support Hospital. The rock is from the arms of Saint-Mihiel where the Hospital served during a decisive battle at the close of World War I, the action for which it was awarded the French Croix-de-Guerre. The Maltese cross was formerly used as the Branch insignia of the Army Medical Department. It is taken from the coat of arms of the Military Order of the Knights Hospitallers whose primary mission was the care of the sick and wounded. The sun appears on the seal of the President of the Philippines and on the national flag of that country. It refers to the action during World War II for which the Hospital received the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. The sun also symbolizes energy and healing. Maroon and white are the colors used for the Army Medical Department.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 7th Evacuation Hospital on 29 May 1969. It was redesignated for the 7th Combat Support Hospital on 9 February 1973.

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