WWII 501st PIR, 101st Airborne Ike Jacket


This Ike jacket was worn by a 101st Airborne trooper who served in 504th Bn (later 509th), then the 501st PIR. While with the 501st, he served in Headquarters Company, then got transferred to F Co prior to the Normandy jump.  In addition to jumping in Normandy, this soldier jumped in Holland and fought in Bastone and Southern Germany.  He received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

Interesting features on this Ike Jacket include a wool Allied Airborne patch, an English made wool Airborne tab over the 101st patch, English made overseas stripes, and modified Belgian fourragère.

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15 Responses to “WWII 501st PIR, 101st Airborne Ike Jacket”

  1. Where is his Infantry cord?

  2. If you are referring to the blue infantry cord, these were worn post WWII.


  3. If you are referring to the blue Infantry cord, they did not wear those in WWII.

  4. We have my grandfathers Ike jacket.He was F company 501st PIR.Made the Normandy jump and across Europe.

  5. That’s great. Hopefully you have it stored in a safe place with no moths or UV light. If you can, send me pics! I would love to see it.



  6. Warren L. Woods Says:
    November 13th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    My Father in law servered in company F. 501 Parachute infantry in WWII. Would you have any info. on any of his fellow soldiers that are still living?

  7. Warren,

    Thank you for your post. I suggest contacting author and historian Marc Bando at: http://www.101airborneww2.com/ Marc is writing a book on F Co. 501st and would be an excellent contact to help you locate living veterans.


    Chris Hughes

    December 25th, 2010 at 1:18 am

    The CIB goes above the jump wings, because is a distingtive award. In those days it really didn’t matter, it was a simpler inocent era. As for the MOS colors, like infantry blue (no cords), were on a strip along around their garison hats, IKE’S uniforms were the best looking uniforms ever.

  9. my grand father, vernon woodard, was in fox company. and it makes me proud, but i cant seem to find any info. on the company, give me some help

  10. whats the name of the red bands on the left side?

  11. The red cord is called a Belgian fourragère.

  12. David Brown Says:
    January 7th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    My father Edwin E. Brown was in the 501st,I believe 2nd batalion,F company.He was the company commander at Bastogne but was wounded partway thru the seige.Anyone out there have any info on F comp. ?

  13. Brent dorval Says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Dear Sir,

    I have a real nice 501st, 101st, Comp. H jacket with the dog tags and matching laundry marks in the jacket. Is there a roster of the 501st PIR available? Thank you.

  14. Brent,

    I am sure there are rosters out there circulating. Consider going to 101st AB Association sites.


  15. David,

    You should checkout Trigger Time (http://www.101airborneww2.com/)

    That site has a forum with very knowledgeable members who can help you with your questions.


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