47th Combat Support Hospital, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of the 47th Combat Support Hospital, US Army

Official blazon

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a white point rising above and between two evergreen trees and at lower center in front of the trees a gold sun having at its center the grip and crossguard of a maroon sword with blade extending above the sun onto the white point; around the base a maroon scroll inscribed with the words “DEDICATED TO LIFE” in gold letters.


The colors of the Medical Department are maroon and white. The evergreens are reminiscent of Fort Lewis, Washington, where the post is located within sight of Mt. Rainier, represented by the white peak at center. The gold sun is symbolic of life and the sword is for surgery in defense of life, suggesting the Hospital’s motto “Dedicated To Life.”

The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 47th Surgical Hospital on 2 April 1969. It was redesignated for the 47th Combat Support Hospital on 13 September 1973. Literature: Image and Insignia from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.