Above the SP is a neatly stoned 11th Airborne Patch. There is a right angle slice as depicted. It is at least 76 years old in fair to about fair plus condition. WWII US Army Airborne Patches, Ovals, Insignia.
Brassard: 11th Airborne Patch and Tab, SP Lettering sewn on Felt SP. SP Sugamo Prison ; Guarding Japanese War Criminals. Vibrant colors, border, used, original 11th Airborne Patch. Felt blue/black SP Armband; Elastic band, ties. Vibrant black, clean SP white colors, no moth damage, soiling or fading.
Right angle slice to side base of armband, one elasticized band missing, remaining one lost elasticity. Armband measures 8.75 x 7.75 inches, Patch 3.625 x 2.375, SP Letters 2.75 x 2.25 inches. Background: The 11th Airborne provided security for General MacArthur when he landed in Japan and formed the backbone of the occupation forces. The 11th most likely hunted down war criminals and provided guards during the War Crimes trials of Japanese defendants. History: The 11th was the only Paratrooper Division in the Pacific.The 11th participated in the occupation of Japan. They provided security for MacArthur and most likely hunted down Japanese War Criminals and provided the guards for the infamous Sugamo Prison.
The SP might well stand for Sugamo Prison and was worn by a paratrooper assigned to guarding the top Japanese War Criminals. WWII Campaigns: New Guinea, Southern Philippines, Luzon.
Also jumped on Corregidor to retake The Rock from the Japanese and free civil internees at the Los Banos Prison Camp. The 11th liberated Manila also. They were slated to jump on Japan. Honors: Philippine Islands Presidential Unit Citation, PUC Streamer embroidered 17 October 1944 - 4 July 1945.
The item "WWII US Army 11th Airborne Armband Sugamo Prison MacArthur Escort Japan WW2" is in sale since Monday, July 19, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Patches".The seller is "martinolij" and is located in Merrimack, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.