Ruptured Duck Pin, WW2


The Ruptured Duck is an insignia depicting an eagle inside a wreath. It was worn on uniforms above the right breast pocket by WWII servicemen and women. It was issued to service personnel who were about to leave the military with an Honorable Discharge.

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Service members were allowed to continue to wear the uniform for up to thirty days after they were discharged. This showed the MP’s that they were in transit and not AWOL. 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. The original insignia was cloth. This is a metal pin is about the size of a dime and is gold color that is perfect for wear on a cap, shirt lapel, or tie tac.


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