161st Medical Battalion, Alabama Army National Guard
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161ST MEDICAL BATTALION, ALABAMA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Sanguine, a broad arrow voided of the field overall a saltire Argent bearing seven mullets with one in chief dexter of the second, superimposed by a sealion Celeste charged with a stylized azalea blossom on the shoulder Gules garnished and fimbriated of the second and in its dexter claw a Polynesian war-club of the fifth.
Crest: That for regiments and separate battalions of the Alabama Army National Guard: From a wreath Or and Sanguine, a slip of cotton plant with full bursting boll. Proper.
Motto: Conservo et supero (I Conserve and I Conquer).
Distinctive Unit Insignia Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of a maroon broad-arrow point down behind a white saltire, arme terminating in right angles: overall, between seven gold stars, one on the upper left arms of the saltire and two on the on each of the other arms a blue sea-lion grasping in his right paw a Polynesian war-club scarlet with gold serrated edge and bearing on the his shoulder a scarlet azalea blossom, the saltire and sea-lion on a wavy-blue scroll inscribed "CONSERVO ET SUPERO" in gold letters.
Maroon and Sanguine are the colours of the Medical Corps. Blue recalls Infantry and the Unit's long service as Infantry in the Indian Wars, Mexican War, Civil War, World War I and World War II. The Sea-lion from the Philippine Presedental Seal alludes to the award of the Philippine Presidental Unit Citation. The Polynesian War-Club and Arrow highlight the landing on New Guinea during World War II. The Azaela respresents the Unit's Home Base in Mobile, Alabama noted for its annual dispaly of Azaleas. The Saltire recalls Confederate service during the Civil War.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 27 July 2001. Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved on 26 June 1970.
Literature: The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.