23 Medical Battalion
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Sanguine, a sword palewise entwined by two serpents with heads erect and respecting each other, all grasped by a dexter hand and couped at the wrist all Or. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE” in Black letters.

Symbolism
The shield is sanguine, the nearest heraldic tincture to maroon, to represent the Medical Department. The sword and serpents grasped by a hand symbolize the military and medical co-functions of the Battalion.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 53d Medical Battalion on 24 July 1941. It was redesignated for the 23d Medical Battalion on 28 February 1955. The insignia was amended to add a motto on 6 March 1968.




Coat of Arms


Blazon

Shield

Sanguine, a sword palewise entwined by two serpents with heads erect and respecting each other, all grasped by a dexter hand and couped at the wrist all Or.

Crest

None.

Motto

THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.

Symbolism

Shield

The shield is sanguine, the nearest heraldic tincture to maroon, to represent the Medical Department. The sword and serpents grasped by a hand symbolize the military and medical co-functions of the Battalion.

Crest

None.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 53d Medical Battalion on 24 July 1941. It was redesignated for the 23d Medical Battalion on 28 February 1955. The insignia was amended to add a motto on 6 March 1968.





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