The hospital is in Colorado Springs at Ft. Carson.
UNIT CREST DISTINCTIVE BADGE FOR THE U.S. ARMY MEDICAL
DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY, FORT CARSON, COLORADO
- The Distinctive badge that was originally approved for the
U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado, 6 August 1969, is
redesignated for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort
- The description and symbolism of the badge are as follows:
A silver color metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16 inches in height consisting of a range of three white mountain peaks surmounted by a maroon cross with pointed base, all within and in front of an encircling maroon scroll, the upper part inscribed “Pro Deo” and the lower part “Et Humanitate” in silver letters.
The range of mountain peaks symbolizes wisdom and strength; it represents the Rocky Mountains at the foot of which the U.S. Army Medical Activity at Fort Carson is located. In addition, the mountain peaks simulate Indian tepees and allude to the historical background of the area around Fort Carson, which was named for the famed Indian scout, “Kit” Carson. The maroon cross, emblem of mercy, service and physical care, stands for the Medical Activity. The base of the cross is pointed or “fitche”, a heraldic term, which had its origin in the spike attached to the foot of the cross, carried by pilgrims during the Middle Ages. The spike was struck into the ground, fixing the cross in an upright position to mark the location selected for encampment. Maroon and white are the colors used for organizations of the Army Medical Department
The hospital is named after a medal of honor winner:
Specialist Four Donald W. Evans, Jr., a member of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Specialist Evans was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Tri Tam, Republic of Vietnam, where he gave his life while administering medical aid to his fellow soldiers.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. He left his position of relative safety with his platoon which had not yet been committed to the battle to answer the calls for medical aid from the wounded men of another platoon which was heavily engaged with the enemy force. Dashing across 100 meters of open area through a withering hail of enemy fire and exploding grenades, he administered lifesaving treatment to 1 individual and continued to expose himself to the deadly enemy fire as he moved to treat each of the other wounded men and to offer them encouragement. Realizing that the wounds of 1 man required immediate attention, Sp4c. Evans dragged the injured soldier back across the dangerous fire-swept area, to a secure position from which he could be further evacuated. Miraculously escaping the enemy fusillade, Sp4c. Evans returned to the forward location. As he continued the treatment of the wounded, he was struck by fragments from an enemy grenade. Despite his serious and painful injury he succeeded in evacuating another wounded comrade, rejoined his platoon as it was committed to battle and was soon treating other wounded soldiers. As he evacuated another wounded man across the fire covered field, he was severely wounded. Continuing to refuse medical attention and ignoring advice to remain behind, he managed with his waning strength to move yet another wounded comrade across the dangerous open area to safety. Disregarding his painful wounds and seriously weakened from profuse bleeding, he continued his lifesaving medical aid and was killed while treating another wounded comrade. Sp4c. Evan’s extraordinary valor, dedication and indomitable spirit saved the lives of several of his fellow soldiers, served as an inspiration to the men of his company, were instrumental in the success of their mission, and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.