After going through some of our research, I have the following information.
"Combat Medical Corpsman's Gear
World War II Combat Medics were the angels of the battlefield… and today are as sentimentally regarded as Coca Cola, Ernie Pyle, and “Moonlight Serenade.” Ranger training for the 2nd and 5th Battalions included cliff climbing, beach invasion and boat team drilling, demolitions, and hand to hand combat with an M3 combat “trench” knife. Imagine that very specialized training plus the grueling and often depressing responsibility of being a medic. In 1929, the Geneva Convention standardized combat insignia for all non-combatant troops. This insignia was very simply a white armband made of cotton muslin with a red cross. Every Medic, Corpsman, Chaplain, and Rabbi was to wear one in combat to designate their Geneva Convention protected status. Photos of 5th Ranger medics show this brassard being worn, as per regulation. Each and every Medical Detachment, whatever the size, was allowed to authorize their own in-theatre helmet markings. This was done by some units in anticipation of enemy combatants not firing on Medical personnel, and in some units it was not. As discussed with many professional as well as amateur World War II European Theatre Ranger historians, it is an established fact that Medics of the 2nd Ranger Battalion did not wear any distinguished helmet markings and Medics of the 5th Ranger Battalion all wore, according to several photos, the same regulation helmet marking. Markings in Europe ranged from four circles, four squares, one circle, etc. with the red cross in the center. The 5th Ranger marking is one solitary circle on the front of the helmet shell, painted slightly higher on the crown than centered on the helmet front. Squad-level Medics were generally PFC’s. or T/5’s, while higher ranking Medics served as technicians, with a Captain serving as the Battalion Surgeon and commander of the Ranger Battalion Medical Detachment.
Medical equipment within the 5th Ranger Battalion was no different than in any other Infantry unit. Like most Combat Medics in the European Theatre, 5th Medics would have generally worn an issued Medic pouch that would have spring clips to be hooked to their issue pistol belts or more commonly to an issue “litter” strap. Some squad level Medics would have undoubtedly worn the M1929 litter suspenders, re-issued for World War I as a platform to attach two medical pouches. This rig would be secured on the front and rear by two short “cantle” straps. This would most likely be the more typical gear for the invasion, while later in theatre, and in attempts to move fast with a rifle squad, a bag with shoulder strap would be more practical. Additionally, all Combat Medics carried two canteens; one for themselves and one for Medical use with a patient. Other than this special gear, Ranger Medics wore all the gear and uniforms of a regular 5th Ranger, to include the M1928 haversack with a pistol belt and personal first-aid dressing pouch and the orange lozenge marking on the rear of their helmet shell. It is also important to note that the wearing of any combat sidearm by Medics is strictly prohibited. There is no photographic documentation of real 5th Ranger Medics carrying M1911A1 side arms, and this practice is already far over-done by living historians."
This is a direct qoute from The 5th Ranger Battalion Research Compendium Volume I. Which was compiled and edited by Tom Frost (one of our members) from all the research that has been gathered over the years....so I was wrong and hubby was right..LOL. I will also post any responses recieved from the other people I have emailed.