Military Medical Brigade Patches History

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Information extracted from the book
"US ARMY PATCHES"
by Barry Jason Stein
Used by permission


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2nd Med Bde

2nd Med Bde
 

Worn from:  12 June 1992 - Current.

The cross alludes to medical care and service while the inverted fleam, an ancient surgical implement,  simulates the arabic numeral two indicating the unit's numerical designation.  Gold represents honor and excellence.




3rd Med Cmd

3rd Med Cmd


Worn from:  12 June 1992 - Current.

The designation of the command is denoted by the triangular shape of the insignia.  The staff and serpents refer to medical service and the Maltese cross recalls the unit's heritage of support in combat.  Gold stands for excellence.

Campaigns:  World War II (Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Armed Forces Expeditions (Kuwait).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation -- Army (streamer embroidered European Theater).

4th Med Bde

4th Med Bde

Worn from:  20 December 1989 - Current.

Gold expresses honor and high achievement.  The division of the insignia into four parts underscores four, the numerical designation of the organization.  The four divisions also allude to the main or cardinal directions on the compass and highlight the global scope of the unit's mission.  The cross represents medical care.  The counter-changed colors emphasize the integration of the brigade medical mission with the total army.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation (streamer embroidered European Theater).


 

7th Med Bde

7th Med Bde


Worn from:  25 February 1966 - 21 July 1973.

The fleam is a heraldic symbol for a surgical lancet and its form simulates the unit's numerical designation.


7th Med Cmd

7th Med Cmd

Worn from:  24 October 1978 - 15 October 1994.

The cross indicates the unit's medical mission.  The fleam is a heraldic symbol for a surgical lancet, and its form simulates the unit's numerical designation, which is repeated in the shape of the device.

 

8th Med Bde

8th Med Bde

Worn from:  23 July 1976 - Current.

The Greek cross, a symbol of aid and assistance, is used to represent the medical mission of the brigade.  The crown, alluding to New York, the Empire State, was suggested by the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.  In numerology the number eight symbolizes regeneration and achievement.  The octagon shape alludes to the numerical designation of the Brigade.


18th Med Cmd

18th Med Cmd

Worn from:  27 October 1967 - 1 December 1983.

Re-designated:  Eighteenth Medical Command.  Worn from:  1 December 1983 - Current.

The sword is maroon, suggestive of human blood, and symbolic of the medical needs of an army.  The zig-zag bands are pure white to suggest bandaging and the antiseptic requirements of medical practice; by entwining the sword the zig-zag bands signify the support provided by the organization.

30th Med Bde

30th Med Bde

Worn from:  10 December 1993 - Current.

Maroon and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Medical Corps.  The upright sword symbolizes military preparedness and is entwined by a serpent recalling the staff of Aesculapius and a heritage of medical service.  The star represents the state of Texas, where the Thirtieth Medical Regiment was first activated.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Central Europe), Korean War (Third Korean Winter), Korea (summer 1953); Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation -- Army (streamer embroidered Korea).

44th Med Bde

44th Med Bde

Worn from:  4 October 1966 - Current.

The gold star superimposed over the maroon star is symbolic of the unit's mission of command and control over medical units.  The four points of each taken together allude to the organization's numerical designation.

Campaigns:  Vietnam (Counteroffensive and Phases II/III/IV/ V/VI/VII, Tet and Tet/69, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Consolidation I and II, Cease-Fire), Armed Forces Expeditions (Panama, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendations (streamers embroidered Vietnam 1968 - 1969, and Vietnam 1969 - 1970).


112th Med Bde

112th Med Bde

Worn from:  22 October 1976 - Current.

The cross, symbolic of medical care, extends throughout indicating the authority of the headquarters.  The maroon area at left, forming a directional pointer, suggests the flow of personnel from the forward combat area to the medical-care facility.  The wedge shape of the device, with forked base and the color blue, alludes to the Ohio state flag.

Campaigns:  World War I (Lorraine 1918, Ypres-Lys, Meuse-Argonne), World War II (Northern Solomons, Luzon).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendations (streamers embroidered Bougainville, and Pacific Theater), Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered 17 October 1944 - 4 July 1945).


175th Med Bde

175th Med Bde

Worn from:  22 June 1976 - Current.

The Greek cross is a symbol of aid and assistance.  The stylized sunburst represents the present location of the organization at Sacramento, California, referred to as the "Golden City" and the "Golden State."  The sun rays are symbolic of healing and good health.  White is a color used to represent ability and wisdom.  The color scarlet symbolizes courage and dedication.

 


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