264th Medical Battalion, US Army
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264TH MEDICAL BATTALION, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per pale Gules and Azure, on a chief wavy Argent , a cross couped sanguine, overall a torch entoured by a horseshoe reversed Silver, the torch enflamed Or
Crest: From a wreath of the colors Argent and Sanguine,a mont Vert, theron a mullet of the first, shaded Gris, charged at its center with a sunburst Or, between two sprigs of bluebonnet Proper
Motto: Answering the Call
Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: On a silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2,86 cm) in height overall, consiting of a silver horseshore, toe downward, enclosing a white field dispalying a medical cross divided horizontaly along the crossarm by a wavy line. The upper portion is maroon and the lower portion blue. Superimposed overall, a silver torch upright, topped by a yellow flame. The Horseshoe inscribed "ANSWERING THE CALL" in silver letters.
The triparted shield: Argent, Gules and Azure represent the Flag of Texas, the home location of the Battalion. The Sanguine Cross on a white field symbolises the medical role. The Wavy division line alludes to the amphibious role of the 4th Engineer Special Brigade, to which the Battalion was assigned during World War II. The Torch symbolises the modern instructional role, as part of the US Army Medical Department Center and School. The fivepointed Star in the Crest alludes to Texas - "The Lone Star State". The sunburst refers to the Philippine Unit Commenadation awarded in World War II. The bluebonnets further symbolise Texas, and in conjunction with the green mound they symbolises mission support for land-based soldiers.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 13 October 2006.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.