THE number of battle blazes worn by Marines is steadily growing as more organizations follow the lead of the First Marine Division, which started the trend toward shoulder blazes in the Corps.
The first patch to be approved in this war was the well-known blue diamond with red numeral 1, whitelettered GUADALCANAL, and white stars of the Southern Cross, worn by the First Division. (The narrow red strip with CAPE GLOUCESTER lettered on it, tentatively proposed, is not authorized.) Other authorized insignia are the following:
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