423 Medical Battalion
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Background
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in width consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess dancetty of four Argent and Sanguine, a cross throughout counterchanged, charged with a plate bearing a mullet of eight points Gules and a serpent nowed Vert. Attached below and on either side of the shield a Green scroll doubled and inscribed “CARE COMMITMENT” in Silver.

Symbolism
Maroon and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. The cross symbolizes medical care and compassion. The unit’s participation in four campaigns in Europe during World War II is recalled by the four points dancetty, which simulate teeth, alluding to the Battalion’s mission. The compass rose denotes ready response and worldwide service and medical collecting activities during World War II. The serpent is a symbol of medicine. Red stands for courage and sacrifice, green for health and hygiene.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 10 November 1993.




Coat of Arms


Blazon

Shield

Per fess dancetty of four Argent and Sanguine, a cross throughout counterchanged, charged with a plate bearing a mullet of eight points Gules and a serpent nowed Vert.

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 John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

CARE, COMMITMENT.

Symbolism

Shield

Maroon and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. The cross symbolizes medical care and compassion. The unit’s participation in four campaigns in Europe during World War II is recalled by the four points dancetty, which simulate teeth, alluding to the Battalion’s mission. The compass rose denotes ready response and worldwide service and medical collecting activities during World War II. The serpent is a symbol of medicine. Red stands for courage and sacrifice, green for health and hygiene.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 10 November 1993.





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