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Distinctive Unit Insignia

A gold color metal and enamel device, 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a scarlet disc superimposed by a gold pheon point down intertwined with a green serpent and encircled by a maroon motto scroll inscribed "UNITAS ET PARATI" in gold letters.

The scarlet disc represents Japan, the United States adversary in the Pacific during World War II. The pheon symbolizes the assault on Japanese held islands and recalls the arrowhead awarded the 228th for action in the Bismarck Archipelago. The serpent refers to the medical mission of the unit. The encircling scroll denotes unity of purpose, cooperation and continuity in fulfilling the mission. Maroon represents medicine and refers to the Medical Corps. Green signifies strength and wellness. Scarlet and gold symbolize sacrifice and excellence, respectively. The motto "UNITAS ET PARATI" translates to United and Ready.

The distinctive unit insignia was approved in 1 Dec 2000.

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