17TH AIRBORNE DIVISION
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
On a black disc 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in diameter a talon of an American eagle in gold issuant; on tab placed 1/4 inch (.64 cm) above the disc the word "AIRBORNE" in gold on a black background.

Symbolism
The talon represents the seizing and holding ability of an airborne division. The black background is symbolic of the darkness during which an airborne attack might often be made.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 8 February 1943. The airborne tab was rescinded on 29 January 1947. The airborne tab was restored on 1 March 1949.





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