168th Medical Battalion, US Army
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168TH MEDICAL BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Argent, on an octagon Sanguine three mullets to dexter and three sinister of the field overall and throughtout a column palewise of the first entwined by a serpent Sable.
Crest: From a wreath Argent and Sanguine (Maroon) in front of a serpent Vert entwining a ragged staff of the second within a wreath of laurel Proper, a lion passant guardant Or holding in its front claws a fleur-de-lis Azure.
Motto: Medical aid and support
Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in width overall, consisting of a maroon octagon charged with a serpent entwined pillar between six stars, all silver. Attached below, a silver scroll inscribed "MEDICAL AID AND SUPPORT" in black letters.
Maroon and White are traditionally associated with the Medical Corps. The column with the snake represent strong medical support supplied by the Unit. The Stars allude to provision of command administrative duties. One Column, six Stars and the eight sides of the Octagon gives the Battalion's Number 168. World War II campaign participation in northern France and Normandy is recalled by the Felur-de-lis and the Lion. The last being derived form the Arms of the Region. Campaigns in Central Europe and the Rhineland is represented by the ragged Staff. The Snake symbolises medical care. The Laurel Wreath symbolise Honour and Achievement.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 14 September 1993. It was amended to add a Crest on 3 October 2002. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 30 January 1968. It was amended to revise the description and symbolism on 14 September 1993.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.