The 173rd Airborne originally was activated in 1917 as the 173rd Infantry Brigade and assigned to the 87th Infantry. The Brigade went through a series of re-designations and reorganizations, culminating in the re-designation in February 1942 as the 87th Reconnaissance Troop, 87th Division.The Brigade experienced extensive combat in Europe as part of General George S. Patton's Third Army, to include the battle of the Bulge and the Rhine river crossing. The Greatest chapter of the Brigade's history began in 1963. The 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate) was re-activated on the island of Okinawa on March 26, 1963. The "Sky Soldier" as the nationalist Chinese paratroopers called the 173d, made thousands of parachute jumps in a dozen different pacific area countries. The Brigade was the first Army unit sent to the republic of South Vietnam in May 1965.
*40mm x 55mm
*Chrome plated, zinc alloy, black enamel
*Attaches with 3M adhesive
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