Is this military related?

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  1. ILoveDinobot

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    Sorry, I've asked some similar in the past. My Grandfather died last weekend and his wife just a few months ago so I can't ask them, but when my mom was going through their belongings, she found this.

    My Grandfather was in WW2 so I was wondering if this was a pin from the war? He was a Navy Medic.
     

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    I believe those are jump wings, awarded after completing parachute training.
     
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    I believe optronix is right. Since the jump wings don't have a star or any other decorations on it, it would be a "basic" jump wing. From all the pictures I could find, the US jump wings of the time look different enough to where that may not be from the U.S. Military.

    From this site:

    http://www.ww2wings.com/wings/usnavy/usnavyparachute.shtml

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    The wings on the one you've attached start where the bottom of the chute is, whereas every picture I'm finding shows the wings starting lower......more at the strings.

    However, you could try this:

    Pathfinder main front page.

    They have a collection of patches and badges from all over the world.....

    Hope that helps.

    P.S. Also try searching for "parachute badge"
     
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    It is definitely military related, and I'm inclined to say they're Army Airborne wings (awarded when you complete Airborne training).

    Glancing at your link, it appears to be an older version of the Navy Parachutist Badge. The badge was most likely updated between your grandfather's service and now, so I'd go with that. You could always make inquiries with the Navy.
     
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    I believe its a regulation U.S. Navy Parachutists badge, it is more common to see the Airborne "curled wings" type though, however the Navy and Marines award the straight wing badge you have there.
     
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    Thanks guys!

    Actually, I found a very similar design that originates from the Germans side. I wonder if it's possibly a German Soldier's badge that was ripped off.
     

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    Its possible :) 
     
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    Older pins may not. Did you look at that second link? Those look most like it and do not have clasp pins. Look at the Amico marine/navy para badges at the bottom. front and back. The guys on that forum know their stuff. If anything ask there.

    edit: Actually IIRC not all my dad's badges had the clasp.
     
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    Ok I did find one that was not 1 clasp. But the wings are all so rounded.
     
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    I think I found it! Israeli?

    ISRAEL JUMP WINGS BADGE | North Bay Listings

    EDIT: Actually, makes sense now since my Grandparents were in Israel a lot (just asked my mom). Mystery solved! No wonder I couldn't find it lol.

    Thank you everyone for your help :) 
     
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    Cool. Has to be post WW2 and now I'm curious how long past.
     
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    Your Grandpa must have done some cool stuff.

    Sorry about your loss.
     
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    Yeah it's post WWII.
     

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