327 Medical Battalion
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Sanguine on a bend Argent a gutte de sang and a cross couped of the field. Attached below the shield a Silver scroll inscribed “VITAM DEFENDERE” in Maroon letters.

Symbolism
In the maroon and white (silver) of the Medical Department, the functions of the battalion are allegorically represented by the silver band representing the road to travel, on which is placed a drop of blood and the Medical cross, the universal symbol of healing. The motto translates to “Defend Life.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 9 February 1943. It was amended to correct the spelling of the motto on 10 April 1943.




Coat of Arms


Blazon

Shield

Sanguine on a bend Argent a gutte de sang and a cross couped of the field.

Crest

That for the separate battalions and regiments of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors 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

VITAM DEFENDERE (Defend Life).

Symbolism

Shield

In the maroon and white of the Medical Department, the functions of the battalion are allegorically represented by the white band representing the road to travel, on which is placed a drop of blood and the Medical cross, the universal symbol of healing.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 9 February 1943. It was amended to correct the spelling of the motto on 10 April 1943.





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