For the first six years of its existence, the unit known today as the 338th Medical Brigade was designated a Hospital Train, first as the 59th Hospital Train during World War II and then as the 396th Hospital Train when it was allotted to the Organized Reserves (which became the Army Reserve in 1952). In May 1950 it was designated as the 338th Medical Group, a title it would retain over 50 years until it received its current designation on 17 September 2002. Throughout those decades in the Army Reserve, the unit was stationed at a variety of locations in Pennsylvania: Connellsville, Altoona, Folsom, Chester, and its current home in Horsham.

The 338th Medical Brigade Distinctive Unit Insignia, or unit crest, was originally approved while the unit was designated as the 338th Medical Group on 29 November 1972. “Sound Body Sharp Mind,” the unit motto, is showcased on scrolls on the top and bottom of the unit crest to emphasize the overarching mission of treatment for Soldiers as individuals. A scarlet Greek cross is an emblem of assistance and aid, while the keystone behind it is a reference to the unit’s long association with Pennsylvania, the Keystone State. A locomotive wheel in the middle of the cross recalls the units World War II service as a Hospital Train.

Click here to view the 338th Medical Brigade Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (unit patch).

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