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Madigan Army Medical Center, US Army

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Coat of arms (crest) of the Madigan Army Medical Center, US Army

Official blazon

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height consisting of a white escallop shell bearing four fir trees conjoined crosswise throughout, green with maroon trunks, all above a maroon scroll inscribed "CARE WITH COMPASSION" in gold letters.


The shell, an emblem signyfying life protection. and fir tress, symbols of life and health, represent the Center. The conjoining of the trees refers to the close cooperation of the organization's highly trained specialits who function as a TEam to achieve the Center's mission. The cross formed by the tree trunks stands for service, care, and mercy. The shell combined with the trees also refers to the unit's location near Puget Sound in Washington State, also called the Evergreen State. In addition , the fir as a symbol of life, particularly of the spirtit and mind, refers to the neuro-psychiatric field of medicine in which Colonel Patrick Srasfield Madigan served and for whom the Center is named.

The Design was approved on January 30, 1970.

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Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from US Army Heraldic Crests by Barry Jason Stein.