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Information extracted from the book "US ARMY PATCHES"
 by Barry Jason Stein
USED BY PERMISSION
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502nd pir patch
502nd PIR


Worn from:  February 1942 - November 1945 (Unauthorized).

The unit was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.  The winged skull is a traditional symbol of paratroopers and alludes to the motto "Death From Above."


503rd PIB patch
503rd PIB


Worn from:  February 1942 - Late 1943 (Unauthorized).

The origin of the design is unknown.  The 503rd Parachute Infantry Battalion, activated 22 August 1941, was re-designated First Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Battalion on 5 October 1941.

503rd PIB Patch 2

503rd PIB2

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

The design is a caricature of an angry cat rapidly descending toward its target.

Campaigns:  World War II (New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon, Southern Philippines).

Decorations:  Distinguished Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Corregidor) and Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered 17 October 1944 - 4 July 1945).


503rd Abn RCT patch


503rd Abn RCT

 

Worn from:  February 1945 - December 1945.

Approved for local wear only.

The design incorporates the unit's motto, "The Rock," which refers to its airborne drop on the island of Corregidor.



503rd Abn Inf  Regt patch

503rd Abn Inf Regt


Worn from:  February 1951 - March 1957 (Unauthorized).

The unit was assigned to the Eleventh Airborne Division during the time noted.  On 16 February 1945, the regiment made its famous combat drop on the island of Corregidor and secured "the top of the Rock."  Thus the inscription in the design.

 




503rd Inf Regt patch
503rd Inf  Regt

 

Worn from:  May 1965 - August 1971.

The unit was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade during the time noted.  The design is an embroidered replica of the distinctive insignia of the unit.  The colors blue and white are those of the infantry.  The inverted triangle terminating in the broken fort symbolizes the drop on Corregidor, whereas the three parachutes represent the other three battle honors awarded to the organization for its service in World War II.  "The Rock" is the unit's motto.

 


504th Abn Inf Regt patch
504th Abn Inf Regt


Worn from:  1954 - 1956.

The unit was assigned to the Eighty-second Airborne Division.  This is one of a series of seventeen different patches.  The other sixteen are designated for headquarters and headquarters companies "A" though "N."  "Devils" is the nickname of the regiment.

 

 

504th Abn Inf Regt patch

504th Abn Inf Regt


Worn from:  1957 - 1959 (Unauthorized).

The unit was assigned to the Eighty-second Airborne Division.  The design is an embroidered replica of the distinctive insignia of the unit.  Blue is the color of the infantry whose functions are represented by the sword flaming through the sky.  The flames symbolize the zeal of the personnel in the performance of their duties.  The motto is expressive of the determination of the personnel to strike swiftly and hold their ground at any cost.



504th PIR patch
504th PIR

Worn from:  May 1942 - December 1947 (Unauthorized).

The unit was assigned to the Eighty-second Airborne Division and, as the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, were known as "Those devils in baggy pants" to the Germans who met them on the field of battle.

Campaigns:  World War II (Sicily [with arrowhead], Naples-Foggia, Anzio [with arrowhead], Normandy [with arrowhead], Rhineland [with arrowhead], Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Cited in the Order of the Day, Belgian army, for the Ardennes, Belgium, and Germany;Belgian Fourragere 1940, Netherlan Military Order of William (streamer embroidered Nijemgen 1944); Netherlands Orange Lanyard; Distinguished Unit Citation Company A (streamer embroidered Rhine River, Nijemgen); Company K, Distinguished Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Salerno); Headquarters Company First Battalion, Company B, Company C, Distinguished Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Chenneux, Holland) Headquarters Company First Battalion, Company B, Company C; Headquarters Company, Third Battalion, Company I, Company K, Company L.  Following elements entitled to Distinguished Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Anzio Beachhead); Headquarters Company Third Battalion, Company I, Company K, Company L.


1st Abn Battle Gp 504th Inf patch
1st Battle Gp
504th Inf


Worn from:  1958 - Unknown (Unauthorized).

The patch was worn in Germany during the time noted.  The unit was attached to the Eighty-second Airborne Division.

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