147th Medical Battalion, US Army
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147TH MEDICAL BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Sanguine, two flaunches Argent debruised by a cross patty of the first fimbriated of the second charged with a cross barby of the last
Motto:Spirit of support
Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: A cicular device of silver metal and enamel 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in width consisting of a silver disc bearing white flaunches and overall a maroon triparted scoll inscribed "SPIRIT OF SUPPORT" in silver letters.
Maroon and white are colours traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. The cross patty suggests two concave lenses formed into a cross, the traiditonal symbol of mercy. The white flauches suggests two convex optical lenses, and in combination with the concave optical symbols, allud to the former unit's mission. The silver cross barby suggests movement from a centralised location and symbolises the logistical aspects of the unit's mission.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 10 February 1993. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 47th Medical Unit on 22 Septemebr 1981. It was redesignated for the 147th Medical Battalion on 10 February 1993.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.