These original World War Two 101st Airborne Division British made patches were purchased last week directly from a WWII 101st Veteran.
I got a call last week from my one of my good friends who is a picker, and he told me that he had just met with a WW2 veteran of the 101st Airborne Division. He had been a clerk and was a member of the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters. He was with Division Headquarters through all of the 101st campaigns and was glider qualified.
He had contacted my friend because he was looking for a couple of medals he was awarded, but never issued, for a shadow box display he was doing. My friend was able to provide him with those medals. The veteran brought both of these patches with them to the meeting and sold them to my picker, because he had enough patches for his display. He had obtained them during WWII while he was stationed in England.
I was very happy to purchase them a couple of days ago from my picker. I love to get items directly from the Veteran because you get all of the history to go along with the item. As an added bonus, this 101st veteran also gave my friend a photocopy of his discharge to go along with the patches. Also, like most collectors, I like different variations of items.
The first two photos are of a British made 101st screaming eagle patch with a British made Airborne tab. Both the tab and patch have a black back. The second two photos are of a second British made 101st screaming eagle patch with a white back. The Airborne tab is not British made, but it is the tab the Veteran had with this patch when my picker purchased it from him.