US Army Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC) Aberdeen Proving Grounds, US Army
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US ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY (MEDDAC) ABERDEEN PROVING GROUNDS, US ARMY
The castle symbolise strength and safety and stands for the Activity. The Castle also alludes to the Arms of Aberdeen in Scotland indicating the location. The fleam a prototype of a surgeon's lancet refers to Major General Norman Thomas Kirk, a distinguished surgeon in wolrd War II. It is coloured blue to allude to the Waters of Chesapeake Bay. The Cross Botony is from the State of Maryland, Home State of Major General Kirk and of the Aberdeen Proving Grounds. The sun represents vitality and healing, it also symbolises the Testing activity of the Proving Grounds. Maroon and gold are colours of the Typhus Commission Medal ribbon and refer to the General's achievements in combatting typhus.
The Design was approved on December 5, 1969.
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Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from US Army Heraldic Crests by Barry Jason Stein.