I never said the USAF Retired pin pictured was not issue, I said (meant) the Honorable Discharge Pin was not issue. My mistake was not paying close attention to the fact that there were two separate posts from different individuals.
Case in point, my own was issued at retirement and has GI on the back. It was issued on a white card with official stock numbers on the back. It, too, has been worn to the base metal and shows its age. Another purchased later the same year through the BX, made by Ira Green, was much nicer, but it doesn't have the GI mark on the back.
There is a difference. So often, pins purchased through Amazon.Com or eBay have been re-manufactured and may not have the quality of the original pin.
The Honorable Discharge pin looks nice. It isn't official, which I think may be sad, given the pins issued by the other services and Air Force service pride -- and in my own case, when I'm wearing something AF related on a dress coat, more often or not, I will wear a decoration lapel pin and one of the miniature qualification badges (once worn on a shirt) that I once earned.
Edited by flyboy53, 19 March 2016 - 02:01 AM.