Here is more of the massive F Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division grouping that has been the subject of my previous three posts (M42 jump pants, M43 rigger modified pants, reinforced jump jacket). Pictured are two variations of the airborne patch designed to be sewn on the overseas cap. There are a couple of loose WWII 101st screaming eagle patches.
The 541 crossed rifles insignia were used by the 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment. The 541st PIR was mainly used as an airborne training unit during WWII and never saw combat as a unit. It trained and then sent replacements to the other airborne units. At the very end of the war in 1945 it was sent to the Pacific Theater, but WWII ended before it was ready to be deployed in combat. This Veteran was attached to the 541st for training before transferring to the 506th PIR.
Also pictured is an paratrooper jump wing on cloth and officer 2nd Lieutenant rank. The small 101st Airborne book was produced right after the war ended and became a popular souvenir of WW2 101st Airborne Veterans. It is a brief history of the exploits of the 101st Airborne Division during the war.
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