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Early circa 1950s era South Korean paratrooper wings

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You have a very early example of ROK parachute wings. Their wings evolved from a pattern that first began as a style similar to that of U.S. Army jump wings and even to this day retain the three levels of proficiency. If my memory serves, they added the plum blossom as a symbol of the nation. Here are a few more examples of the early ROK jump wings in both cloth and metal.

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Collecting Worldwide Parachute Badges and Insignia from 1935 to Present.

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Shown here are variations of the wings that began this thread. The center plum blossom is not brass as above and there are two sizes. The center badge is a U.N. Peace Keeping Force badge. The two parachute wings are hallmarked on the back in Korean.

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Another selection of early ROK parachute badges. You can see the transition in the three in the second row from the bottom.

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Many thanks for sharing your knowledge and great collection with us. Here is a photograph of the back of the metal paratrooper wing that I have which is not hallmarked. It is rather thick in construction.

 

 

 

 

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Here are the backs of the two that I posted above. I do not know what the Korean markings mean. Perhaps there is someone who can translate. Also I do not know why there are two different sizes. Could one be a cap badge?

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Thank you. I am a bit late in replying, but it's nice to know what the characters mean.


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