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Garth H. Holmes Collection
12th Evacuation Hospital
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Museum Object
12th Evacuation Hospital Unofficial Unit Crest: In 1966, field hospital units did not have distinctive unit crests. When we arrived at the base camp of the 25th Infantry Division, we noticed that many units were wearing an embroidered copy of their unit crest (official and unofficial) on the pocket of their fatigue shirts. We decided to do the same. On a Saturday in December 1966, we held a unit crest design contest. Unit members were asked to submit their designs to be selected as the winning design. The designed were numbered and pinned to a bulletin board in the mess hall. A committee was chosen to review the designs and select the one to represent the hospital. This crest won. It was designed by Captain Garth Holmes, Adjutant of the hospital. Cloth replicas were manufactured in the town of Chu Chi, encased in plastic, and distributed to all unit members. The patches were paid for from the unit fund, and profits from the NCO/Enlisted club.
Museum Object,  No Date, Garth H. Holmes Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 27 Nov. 2015. <>.
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1481museum1497, Garth H. Holmes Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Added: 17 Jan 2005[Updated: 26 Nov 2013]