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Original U.S. WWII 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Band of Brother Camp Toccoa Signed Pillow Sham

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an incredible sweetheart pillow cover or pillow sham from Camp Toccoa during World War Two. Camp Toccoa was a paratrooper training site. The most prominent landmark is Currahee Mountain. Paratroopers in training ran from the camp up the mountain and back, memorialized in the HBO series, Band of Brothers, with the shout "three miles up, three miles down." Members of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment still refer to themselves as "Currahees", derived from the Cherokee word gurahiyi, which may mean "standing alone". The regiment's crest is surmounted by a group of 6 fully deployed parachutes.

Pillow shams, or ‘sweetheart pillow covers’, were souvenirs from Army camps sent to parents, wives or sweethearts. This was an old tradition that continued during and after WW2. There are many designs, but here I focus on those related to paratroops and gliders. Usually, these items were not dated, so to be able to confirm them as WW2 and not post-war, we need to look at the names of camps and units that are used. For example, the ‘Airborne’ as an organization was mostly a post-war term. During the war, ‘Paratroops’ wanted to distinguish themselves from the glider troops. Another clue can be the existence of the camps after the war. For example, Camp Mackall was created out of nothing during the war and decommissioned before the end of the war. Camp Toccoa was open before the war, but paratroops were of course only trained there during the war, and it closed again at the end of the war.

This example is approximately 20 x 20″ and made of rayon satin fabric. It is signed by three members of Easy Company 506th PIR as follows:

Jim Martin
Co. E. 506, 101 AB

Ed Tipper
Co. E. 506 PIR

Forrest Guth
Co. E. 506 PIR, 101 AB

Offered in very good condition with expected fading and age wear.
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