187th Medical Battalion, US Army

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187TH MEDICAL BATTALION, US ARMY

Arms of 187th Medical Battalion, US Army

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 187th Medical Battalion, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield: Per chevron Argent and Sanguine, in chief a cross couped of the last and in base between a tower and a fleur-de-lis Or the rod of Aesculapius of the first
Crest: On a wreath of the colors, Argent and Sanguine, a demilion Or, armed and langued Gules gorged with a collar of the like edged of the first and grasping in the dexter paw three spears Proper.
Motto: Train to Serve

Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Per chevron Argent and Sanguine, in chief a cross couped of the last and in base between a tower and a fleur-de-lis Or the rod of Aesculapius of the first. Attached below the shield a Maroon scroll doubled and inscribed "TRAIN TO SAVE" in Gold.

Origin/meaning

Maroon and Sanguine are the colours of the Medical Corps. The Cross and the Rod of Aesulapius symbolises healing and medicine. The Castle and Fleur-de-lis is indicative of the World War II Service in Central Europe. The Lion alludes for the Unit's World War II Service. The Spears stands for the campaign credits for Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe.

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 1 February 1988.


Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.