Original U.S. WWII Named & Dated Sterling Silver Airborne Jump Wings - Pin Back Parachutist Badge

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an exceptionally rare set of Sterling Silver Airborne jump wings with a pin back fastener. The reverse of the the badge does not have a maker mark, however it is very faintly engraved, most likely with a pin or other small sharp object. The back reads:

April 11

Edson Saunders

This is quite hard to see, and a magnifying glass definitely helps. The pictures should show all of the engraving. There is an attached piece of card stock with the same information. The wings have a lovely pin back, which is fully functional, and the silver has tarnished to a lovely patina.

Offered in crisp very good condition. Ready to display!

The Parachutist Badge, also commonly referred to as "Jump Wings" is a military badge of the United States Armed Forces. The Army's Basic Parachutist Badge is awarded to all military personnel of any service who complete the US Army Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. It signifies that the soldier is a trained military parachutist, and is qualified to participate in airborne operations. The original Army Parachutist Badge was designed in 1941 by Captain (later Lieutenant General) William P. Yarborough and approved by the Department of War in March of that year. The Parachutist Badge replaced the "Parachutist Patch" which had previously been worn as a large patch on the side of a paratrooper's garrison cap. LTG Yarborough also designed the Senior and Master Parachutist Badges and the addition of stars to portray the number of combat jumps. The flash that is worn behind the badge is also a contribution of William P. Yarborough.

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