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The Story of “Old Abe,” famous Wisconsin War Eagle on 101st Airborne Division patch

 

Written by Capt. James A. Page

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Screaming Eagle insignia of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is perhaps the most recognized and famous shoulder sleeve insignia in the United States Army.

However the history and symbolism of the patch is often forgotten. The eagle on your shoulder is not just any American Bald Eagle, but instead, it commemorates the most famous animal mascot that ever served in the United States Army.

Old Abe and the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment Color Guard 1863.

Old Abe and the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment Color Guard 1863.

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