51ST COMBAT SUPPORT HOSPITAL
Distinctive Unit Insignia
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall, consisting of a maroon annulet inscribed "READY TO CARE" in silver letters and surmounted at top by a red cross bearing two silver eagles' heads conjoined, overall a blue fleur-de-lis banded with light brown bamboo.
Maroon and white (silver) are the colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. The fleur-de-lis alludes to World War II service in France and Central Europe and is banded with bamboo, commemorating service in Vietnam. The red cross refers to the unit's medical mission and stands for care and compassion. The eagles' heads allude to the American eagle and the eagle in arms of Frankfurt, home of the unit. Red stands for devotion to duty and white for integrity.
The distinctive unit insignia was approved effective 16 August 1993.