This group belonged to a paratrooper who was a member of I Company, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division during WWII. After the war ended, he was transferred to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division for occupation of Germany duty. This was a common practice among the US Airborne units during WWII. Airborne personal were often transferred to different regiments and divisions, starting with the end of the war in Europe, dependent on how long they had been in the service, how many points they had accumulated, and the needs of the various units.
This group includes his Ike jacket which has the insignia common to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the occupation period. The black and white oval indicates the 508th PIR. The ribbon bar is German made and I have seen this exact style of ribbon bar on other Ike jackets from the 508th PIR in the occupation period. The jump wings are sterling and pin back. On the left sleeve is an 82nd Airborne Division patch and on the right sleeve is a 101st Airborne Division patch and the Belgian Fourragere. The 101st patch on the right sleeve indicates that this was a former unit that he had served in combat with.
This group had a box full of stuff (pictured) from his service in World War Two. It contained the white silk scarf and white gloves which were used by the 508th PIR for for formal functions. There are several paper items including passes, a ration card, a Berchtesgaden tourist brochure, a folder with commerical photos of paratroops in action, and other miscellaneous paperwork. There are a stack of photos of him and his paratrooper friends in uniform on holiday including a bunch of shots of them skiing at a ski resort. Also included was a piece of camouflage parachute material that he had cut from a chute and his American flag armband. The flag armband is my favorite piece because he put a roster the names of his fellow members of Third Platoon, I Company, 502nd PIR on the back along with the phrase “Ready to Jump”. Please note that we have intentionally blurred the name of this Veteran on the two passes, ration card, and the flag armband, for privacy.
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