by Sebastián Bianchi
On November 19th, 1944, Admiral Dönitz instituted the Marine Combat Clasp to be presented to Navy personnel for meritorious actions which were not covered by existing decorations. It was necessary to perform actions five times in excess of the requirements for a basic war badge. The badge was intended to be worn above the left pocket.
Because this badge was created so late in the war, it is rare in the extreme. A 1957 version was also instituted.
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