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SHIELD: On a Silver Background outlined in Infantry Blue is a black-winged panther salient, inverted proper, leaping through a yellow bolt of lightning. Four deployed parachutes form a background.

CREST: A Silver Canopy is an essential element in a parachutist's equipment in making a vertical descent into enemy territory.

MOTTO: H-Minus

In World War II, the 505th was named the "Panthers". The black panther symbolizes stealth, speed and courage - all characteristics of a well-trained and highly motivated Airborne soldier. The wings are added to represent entry into combat via air. The four parachutes symbolize the four parachute drops into combat during World War II. The bolt of lightning depicts a powerful, fearless and disruptive force. The six bronze stars enumerate the six major campaigns participated in during World War II in the European theatre. The bronze arrowhead is for the invasion into foreign territory. The motto, "H-Minus", is military terminology, as "D-Day" is the date, "H-Hour" is the time of attack. "H-Minus" indicates the period of time the Airborne soldier enters combat prior to the attack time of conventional forces. "H-Minus" is in silver letters on a blue background. The Infantry Blue border outlining the shield measures 1/8 inch around.


505 PIR Decorations WWII

Presidential Unit Citation ( Army ) , Streamer embroidered STE. MERE EGLISE

Presidential Unit Citation ( Army ) , Streamer embroidered NIJMEGEN

French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered STE. MERE EGLISE

French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered COTENTIN

French Croix de Guerre, World War II, Fourragere

Military Order of William (Degree of the Knight of the Fourth Class), Streamer embroidered NIJMEGEN 1944

Netherlands Grange Lanyard

Belgian Fourragere 1940

  • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action In the Ardennes
  • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in Belgium

 

 
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