The right shoulder
of Mr.. Lunzer's Ike Jacket is adorned with the Netherlands Orange lanyard or,
"Militaire Willems Orde, Degree of Knight of the Fourth Class" which was awarded
to all 82nd AB Division members who fought in Holland during the award period.
The US Presidential Unit Citation is affixed above the right breast pocket
On the right shoulder is the First Allied Airborne patch. The 82nd
Airborne was assigned to the 1st AA 12 August 1944 for Operation Market Garden
and again in January 1945.. According to jacket collector Tim Walker,
the patch worn on the right shoulder of an Ike usually means the combat unit
and the patch on the left shoulder means the unit currently assigned.
Over the Presidential Unit Citation is the
Honorable Discharge emblem, commonly called the :"Ruptured Duck". Mr.
Lunzer may have worn this jacket as a member of a post-war veterans group as
the "Ruptured Duck" was only awarded to honorably discharged veterans.
It may also say something about how long the jacket was worn after his discharge
from active service.
Also later made available as a gold lapel
pin, the original Ruptured Duck was this cloth insignia depicting an eagle inside
a wreath. It was worn on uniforms above the right breast pocket by WWII servicemen
who were about to leave the military with an Honorable Discharge.
Wearing it allowed them to continue to wear their uniform for up to thirty days
after they were discharged since there was a clothing shortage at that time.
MP's recognized the badge as a sign that the wearer was in transit and not AWOL
The G.I.'s thought the eagle looked more like
a duck; .hence the nickname.. Also, because it meant they were going home,
a popular saying grew out of it as "They took off like a Ruptured Duck"