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Object Name Patch, Military
Catalog Number 99.148.21
Description Diamond-shaped Honorable Discharge Patch. The emblem, which was nicknamed the "Ruptured Duck," features an eagle, with wings spread, set within a circle. The bottom of the circle consists of thirteen vertical stripes. The gold-colored embroidery is displayed on a white cotton background.
Date 1946
Material cotton
Dimensions H-1.5 W-3 inches
People Webb, Dorothy
Search Terms Muncie
Delaware County
Military
Navy
World War II
World War II home front
WAVES
Subjects Clothing & dress
Uniforms
War
Military
Military personnel
Navy
Clothing accessories
Military uniforms
Patches
Classification Clothing
War
Military
Imagefile 086\9914821-5.JPG
Notes According to Circular No. 454 dated 29 Nov 1944, the War Department adopted an honorable discharge emblem for wear on the uniform of all military personnel who are discharged or separated from the service under honorable conditions. The emblem will be worn as a badge of honor indicative of honest and faithful service while a member of the Armed Forces. At the time of honorable discharge or separation from the service, the emblem will be permanently affixed on the right breast of all the outer clothing centered immediately above the pocket with the long axis of the lozenge horizontal.

The emblem, which was nicknamed the "Ruptured Duck," features an eagle with wings spread set within a circle which is one inch in diameter. The bottom of the circle consists of thirteen vertical stripes. The gold-colored eagle was placed on a cloth background consistent with the uniform on which it was to be displayed.

It was issued to service personnel who were about to leave the military with an Honorable Discharge. It also allowed them to continue to wear their uniform for up to thirty days after they were discharged.