Original U.S. WWII Pacific Theater-made Airborne Jump Wings with Two Stars - Parachutist Badge
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a U.S. Pacific "Theater-made" Airborne Jump Wings. As U.S. forces advanced further into the Pacific, it was easier to make items such as these locally than to have them shipped from the mainland. This example has two bronze stars installed, which would indicate two successful combat jumps. The wings have a lovely pin back, which is fully functional.
The use of Paratroopers was not nearly as widespread in the Pacific, partly due to the relatively small landing zone, as well as the issues with fielding a large number of drop planes. However by the end of the war, they were being used on campaigns in the Philippines and elsewhere.
Offered in crisp excellent 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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