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WW2 ruptured Duck Patch?

Article about: Hi guys, I'm just wondering if this patch is original WW2 manufacture? I take it that the end of WW2 was the only time they were issued, not before or after? I have got loads of these all in

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    It looks almost khaki. I wonder if it for a shirt?
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    A different shade but here is my grandfather's on his service jacket. Doesn't have one on the shirt.

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    FYI the Ruptured Duck was issued to service personnel who were about to leave the military with an Honorable Discharge it also allowed them to continue to wear their uniform for up to thirty days after they were discharged since there was a clothing shortage at that time. This also served to show the MP's that they were in transit and not AWOL. Most servicemembers 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.

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    Quote by sargetom View Post
    FYI the Ruptured Duck was issued to service personnel who were about to leave the military with an Honorable Discharge it also allowed them to continue to wear their uniform for up to thirty days after they were discharged since there was a clothing shortage at that time. This also served to show the MP's that they were in transit and not AWOL. Most servicemembers 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.
    Very good.
    You got to love it one someone give you great info like this.
    chris

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    Another reason why they wore them was so when they went home and could continue to wear their uniform, so civilians would not bash them for not participating in the war...
    Its sad to think that was an issue, especially since anything was really participating in the war weather you were making food for it, building weapons, or fighting.
    There are many different styles for different uses, it was worn on the Class A jackets, actual shirts, overcoats, and they even made a blue version for navy jumpers.

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    Thanks for the help guys, I knew the story of the patch courtesy of Mr Bill Shea actually I always thought it sounded like a great name for a pub.

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