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Unknown Foreign Jump Wings, 1950s worn,Nationalist Chinese?


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A photo from the 9th Inf Div's 1956 unit yearbook, the exec of the 2nd Battalion 60th Infantry Major Felix W.Stanley, would these be those WWII era Nationalist Chinese Para Command Wings? it's kind of strange if they are as he has the EAME ribbon with multiple devices, but none on what I think is the PTO ribbon.

 

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It is hard to tell exactly if these are Chinese from the photo. Assuming they are it is possible for him to have earned them in the 1950's while serving as an advisor or such while serving in Taiwan. This pattern was used by the ROC "Taiwan" in the 1950's and beyond. This wing being patterned on the WW2 Nationalist Para Wing

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Found a Captain Felix W. Stanley as CO of How Co 501st PIR 101st Abn Div, I believe it is him, though he could have served in China at somme point? Can't find info on his two Silver Stars, he listed but no unit or location is given, they both would be for WWII service as he wears no Korean Service Ribbons.

 

http://www.pararesearchteam.com/101stAirborne1944.html

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It is hard to tell exactly if these are Chinese from the photo. Assuming they are it is possible for him to have earned them in the 1950's while serving as an advisor or such while serving in Taiwan. This pattern was used by the ROC "Taiwan" in the 1950's and beyond. This wing being patterned on the WW2 Nationalist Para Wing

 

Irish. It probably is the 1948 Pattern ROC jump wings, Stanley as mentioned, apparently served only in the ETO with the 101, or at least that's where he seem combat. I see in the original photo what seems to be a A&P ribbon, but I can't see no devices on it, IF it is a A&P then perhaps he was out there briefly, who knows where?

 

In any event check out these two differant wings, compare the two.

 

First is the WWII Nationalist Para Command Wings, this example from a earlier post, note the inner top curve of the wings touch the parachute canopy.

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This is the 1948 Pattern ROC Airborne Wings, this is the main design with the Nationalist symbol in the center, according to Parachute Badges and Insignia of the World by R.J. Bragg and Roy Turner there is a second 1948 Pattern varient without this symbol. The most notable differance between the WWII Para Commando Wing and the both 1948 Pattern Wings is that, while very similar in overall appearance, the 1948 Pattern's inner top curve of the wings does not touch the canopy as the WWII type does, there is a gap, we see this gap on the wings Stanley is wearing.

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  • 7 years later...

A Then Major John Singlaub in the 50s wearing the first type WWII Ea Jump Wings.

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Gen.Siinglaub was in the OSS and recall was part of a Team that parachuted in to  Hainan China and later worked in China post war.Looks like he is wearing bullion Chinese Commando wing.

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