Why is it called the Ruptured Duck?

So the military had to come up with a distinguishing device for discharged veterans. The “duck” was actually an eagle, but military members thought it looked like a duck, so they started calling it a “ruptured duck,” since it also represented a servicemember’s exodus from the military, or a rupture.

Where is the Ruptured Duck?

More formally called the Honorable Service Lapel Patch, the “Ruptured Duck” was given to those members of the U.S. military who were honorably discharged during WWII. The insignia was worn on the right chest of the uniform and was meant to identify the soldiers who had done their duty.

When was the Ruptured Duck?

Though it is not clear whether there is any connection to the emblem, one of the U.S. bombers used in the 1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan was nicknamed the “Ruptured Duck.”

Can you wear uniform after discharge?

A person who is discharged honorably or under honorable conditions from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Space Force may wear his uniform while going from the place of discharge to his home, within three months after his discharge.

Is there a Cold War medal?

The Cold War Victory Medal is both an official medal of the U.S. National Guard and an unofficial military medal of the United States. It is awarded by the U.S. states of Louisiana and Texas, and in ribbon form only by the State of Alaska. In the medal’s unofficial capacity it can be purchased, but not worn in uniform.

What does DD stand for in DD-214?

DD214 and other Department of Defense (DoD) documents

Form Title
Form DD 2NOAA Armed Forces Identification Card (Active)
Form DD 2 (Retired) US Uniformed Services Identification Card
Form DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
Form DD 217 Discharge Certificate

What is the Ruptured Duck?

The Ruptured Duck specializes in WW2 German and US militaria and memorabilia including WWII Third Reich helmets, insignia, visors, medals, uniforms, and more.

Why is the Eagle called the Ruptured Duck?

Well, the boys thought the eagle looked more like a duck; and, because it meant they were going home, the popular saying was, “They took off like a Ruptured Duck”…hence the nickname. Bill’s father served in the Navy during WWII aboard the aircraft carrier Shangri-La.

Are the items on the Ruptured Duck authentic?

Authenticated and selected by respected WWII historian, Bill Shea, all items sold on the Ruptured Duck are backed with lifetime guarantees for authenticity. Bavarian Fire Official (?) Spike Helmet, Direct Family Veteran Acquisition

What is the World War II ‘Ruptured Duck’ patch?

The “ruptured duck” patch (pictured above) was a source of pride for returning ballplayers who served in World War II. (By Photographer Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)