WarRelics Posted May 18 Share #1 Posted May 18 Let me begin by saying that Combat Medical Badges are not my area of interest and knowledge. Having said that I am interested in learning more about them. To briefly lay the background for the Combat Medical Badge, it was adopted in January 1945 to to recognize medical personnel who served during combat in WWII, much like the Combat Infantry Badge awarded to infantry men. According to Army regulations anyone holding the rank of colonel and below were eligible for the award. To receive it the recipient had to provide medical services while simultaneously engaged by the enemy. The badge was awarded retroactively to 6 December, 1941. I am including photos of 2 badges I have seen listed for sale. The first badge I’m sure is a WWII period badge. It is marked sterling and has a pin back attachment. There is no hallmark on the back of the badge. I have included a photo below it of MOH recipient Desmond Doss wearing one. Badge two is a clutch back version also marked sterling. It doesn’t have a hallmark. This is one I’m not sure as to whether it’s from the same period or not. I am aware that the Army began to use clutch back insignia during the war. Like a lot of items of this type, the only sure fire way to know would be be to receive it from a veteran or a estate. Badge # 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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