Vintage WWII 502 - Paratrooper Pin



Vintage military pin... description for the design and what the imagery represents below:

"The 502nd Infantry Regiment (502nd INF), previously titled the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (502nd PIR), is an airborne infantry regiment of the United States Army. The regiment was established shortly after the American entry into World War II, and was assigned as a regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, "The Screaming Eagles", one of the most decorated formations of the U.S. Army. The regiment saw substantial action in the European Theater of World War II and was deactivated in 1945, shortly after the end of the war. Reactivating in a new form in 1956, the 502nd Infantry has served in the Vietnam War, the first Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. It was removed from parachute status with the rest of the 101st Airborne Division in 1969, and since 1974, the regiment has been classified as an Air Assault unit. Currently, its 1st and 2nd battalions are active. Both battalions are assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)." -- via Wikipedia

"The 502 PIR utilized an unapproved bat wings and skull pocket patch throughout WW2. This was designed by Major Hal McGowan in 1941, when the 502 was still a battalion. The example illustrated is fully-embroidered-the reverse bears a gauzelike cross hatching of white threads. In 1943, a more formal design depicting an eagle claw and the word STRIKE was designed by Sgt Russell May-although not worn during WW2 ..." --via