Original U.S. WWII Sterling Silver "Circle H" Airborne Jump Wings by Jack Heller - Pin Back Parachutist Badge
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an exceptionally rare set of U.S. Made Sterling Silver Airborne jump wings with a pin back fastener. The reverse of the the badge is marked with the "Circle H" mark of rare maker Jack Heller, over a STERLING marking. This definitely one of the less common makers seen, and only made these wings during WWII. 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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