The Parachutist badge depicts an open parachute with spread wings on either side of the parachute. The wings curl upwards and meet at the top of the open parachute. The wings suggest flight and the open parachute symbolizes parachute qualifications. The parachutist badge was first designed and approved in 1941 during World War II by Captain William P. Yarborough of the 501st Parachute Battalion. A parachutist badge with a five pointed star placed above the parachute signifies a senior parachutist; a wreath around the star signifies a master parachutist.
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