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Combat Medical Army Badge 1st Award - Full Size - Silver Oxidized

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Army Combat Medical Badge - 1st Award - Silver Oxidized Description: An oxidized silver badge 1 inch in height and 1-1/2 inches in width, consisting of a stretcher crossed by a caduceus surmounted at top by a Greek cross, all on and over an elliptical oak wreath. Stars are added to indicate subsequent awards; one star at top for the second award, one star at top and one at bottom for the third award, one star at top and one at each side for the forth award.Symbolism: The Medical Corps insignia of branch, modified by the addition of a Greek cross suggesting the Geneva Convention between the wings and the entwined serpents, signifies the recipient's skills and expertise. It is superimposed upon a stretcher alluding to medical field service. The oak symbolizes steadfastness, strength and loyalty. Award Eligibility: Awarded to members of the Army Medical Department, Naval Medical Department or Air Force Medical Service who are in grade of Colonel or below while assigned or attached to a medical unit of company or smaller size organic to an infantry unit during any period the infantry unit was engaged in active ground combat susequent to 6 December 1941.