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Posted: 9/9/2010 7:33:12 PM EDT
Was just at the store getting the middle child some milk for her wheaties........saw an old gentlemen patiently waiting for his family to get some food....He had a hat that caught my eye....WW2 vet....a ruptured duck and a Purple heart pin......I couldn't just walk by...I walked up to him...he eyed me with some wariness...I stuck out my hand and said...Sir, I want to thank you, your a wounded veteran and I appreciate all you did for us.....he almost looked embarrassed, but he said thank you......he grasped my hand and shook it......his hand had the feel of those used to hard work....all they sacrificed...I fought some half assed man dress wearing motherfuckers....he fought the Axis powers, with tanks, planes, artillery and navies...........they are disappearing so fast..................
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 7:53:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:11:04 PM EDT
I do that all the time. We all should.

That was a great generation.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:17:43 PM EDT
What happened to his duck?
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:21:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:
What happened to his duck?
A ruptured Duck is a nickname for an honorable discharge pin......are you being serious?

Link Posted: 9/9/2010 8:34:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 161Infantry:
Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:
What happened to his duck?
A ruptured Duck is a nickname for an honorable discharge pin......are you being serious?


Unfortunately, I think he is.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:57:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:
What happened to his duck?


It became esoteric after 64 years.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 10:03:42 PM EDT
Tuff old bird...

Outlasted my Korea/Viet Nam vet grandpas.

Link Posted: 9/10/2010 1:21:05 PM EDT



Discharge Pin & Patch
aka

"Ruptured Duck"


The Discharge Pin or Patch was issued to discharged soldiers and was worn above the right breast pocket.
The main purpose of this patch was it allowed the GI to travel home while wearing his uniform and not be ordered around by an officer.

It got its nickname from the ugly Eagle in the center.


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