49TH MEDICAL BATTALION
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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 silver unicorn's head in front and below a black medieval tower; issuing from opposite sides of the tower and encircling the device, a maroon scroll, the upper area surmounted by the unicorn's horn and the lower area bearing the inscription "PERSEVERANCE PREVAILS" in silver letters.

Symbolism
Maroon and white are the colors traditionally associated with Medical units. The unicorn, a fabulous creature, the horn of which was supposed to possess great curative powers and a powerful antidote against poisons, symbolizes the basic mission of the Battalion. The medieval tower alludes to the area of Central Europe and the Rhineland and to the organization's two battle honors received during World War II.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 13 January 1969. It was amended effective 16 September 2011, to update the description and symbolism.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess Argent and Sanguine, issuant from line of division a tower Sable, in base a unicorn's head erased of the first, pupil of eye and langued of the second, both garnished of the first; a bordure counterchanged.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent and Sanguine, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

PERSEVERANCE PREVAILS.

Symbolism

Shield

Maroon and white are the colors traditionally associated with Medical units. The fess signifies the unit's readiness to serve. The medieval tower alludes to the area of Central Europe and the Rhineland and to the organization's two battle honors received during World War II. The unicorn, a fabulous creature, the horn of which was suppose to possess great curative powers and a powerful antidote against poisons, symbolizes the basic mission of the Battalion. The counterchanged border alludes to the increase medical capabilities of the Battalion.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved effective 16 September 2011.





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