Military Airborne Glider Patches History

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Information extracted from the book "US ARMY PATCHES"  by Barry Jason Stein

USED BY PERMISSION


325th Abn Inf Regt patch
325th Abn Inf Regt

Worn from:  1950's (Unauthorized).

The unit was assigned to the Eighty-second Airborne Division.  The design is an embroidered replica of the distinctive insignia of the unit. The shield is white and blue, the infantry colors.  The blue disk in the chief is from the shoulder-sleeve insignia of the Eighty-second Airborne Division and is charged with the white temple from the state seal of Georgia, where the regiment was allocated while allotted to the Organized Reserves.  The blue cross of Lorraine indicates heavy service in World War I.  The motto is, "Let's Go."

Campaigns:  World War I (Lorraine, St.-Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne).  World War II (Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Distinguished Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Ste Mere Eglise), French Croix de Guerre with Palm (streamer embroidered Ste Mere Eglise, Cotentin) cited in the Order of the Day, Belgian army, for the Ardennes, Belgium, and Germany.  Netherlands Order of William (streamer embroidered Nijmegen), Netherlands Orange Lanyard.  Bosnia (Fourth Battalion) (Operation Joint Endeavor).


1st Abn Battle Gp 325th Inf Regt patch
1st Abn Battle Gp
325th Inf Regt

Worn from:  1955 - 1959 (Unauthorized).

The eagle and parachute represent the airborne nature of the unit.  "Let's go" is the unit's motto.  The background is blue, the infantry color.

327th Abn Inf Regt patch
327th Abn Inf Regt

Worn from:  1954 - 1959 (Unauthorized).

The unit had been assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.  The design is an embroidered replica of the distinctive insignia of the unit.  The shield is blue for infantry.  Blue is also the color of the state flag of South Carolina, the location of the 327th Infantry between World War I and World War II.  The palmetto tree also alludes to South Carolina.  The red bend is taken from the arms of the ancient province of Lorraine, and the fleurs-de-lys indicate the regiment's three World War I campaigns.  The motto is "Honor and Country."

Campaigns:  World War I, World War II (Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe).


1st Abn Battle Gp 327th Recon Plt patch
1st Abn Battle Gp
327th Recon Plt

Worn from:  1957 - 1959 (Unauthorized).

The unit, at this time, had been relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division.  The caricature of a heavily armed eagle is typical of the colorful designs chosen by recon units.


460th Abn FA Bn patch
460th Abn FA Bn

Worn from:  April 1943 - February 1946 (Unauthorized).

The design is that of an airborne army mule with weaponry descending against a red (artillery) background.  The battalion was constituted and assigned to the Seventeenth Airborne Division 16 December 1942 and reassigned to the Thirteenth Airborne Division 22 February 1945.  They served in the European theater.


462nd Para FA BN patch

462nd Para FA BN

Worn from:  June 1943 - December 1945 (Unauthorized).

The devilish trooper descending in flames, grenade in hand, represents the spirit of this battalion.  They distinguished themselves in the Pacific theater, winning the Presidential Unit Citation at Corregidor.


501st Prcht Inf Regt patch
501st Prcht Inf Regt

Worn from:  November 1942 - August 1945; August 1946 - April 1951 (Unauthorized).

The patch depicts an Apache Indian chief and the name "Geronimo," which is associated with the Apache and is the war cry and offical motto of the 501st.i

501st Abn Inf Regt patch
501st Abn Inf Regt

Worn from:  April 1951 - December 1953; April 1954  - April 1957 (Unauthorized).

The unit was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.  The design is an embroidered replica of the distinctive insignia of the unit.  The colors blue and white indicate the infantry nature of the organization.  The Ojibway (Chippewa) thunderbird is an appropriate symbol for a parachute battalion.  The motto "Geronimo" has its origin in a cry uttered in the maiden jump of a test platoon and is now tradition with the regiment.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Rhineland, Ardrennes - Alsace, Central Europe, Pacific theater without inscription).

Decorations:  Distinguished Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Bastogne, Normandy), French Croix de Guerre with Palm (streamer embroidered Normandy), cited in the Order of the Day, Belgian army, for Bastogne, France-Belgium, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard.

Co A 2nd Bn 501st Inf Regt patch
Co A 2nd Bn
501st Inf Regt

Worn from:  December 1967 - July 1972 (Unauthorized).

The unit, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, wore this locally made patch during the Vietnam War.

502nd Abn Inf Regt patch
502nd Abn Inf Regt

Worn from:  June 1948 - April 1957 (Unauthorized).

The unit was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.  The design is an embroidered replica of the distinctive insignia of the unit.  The blue of the shield is for infantry.  The grasping eagle's claw is a representation of the airborne functions of the organization.  The motto "Strike!" is expressive of the power of the organization.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Distinguished Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Bastogne, Normandy), cited in the Order of the Day, Belgian army for Bastogne, France-Belgium, Belgian Fourrager, French Croix de Guerre with Palm (streamer embroidered Normandy), Netherlands Orange Lanyard.


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