1 inch diameter
Gold, with one-prong pin on back with butterfly
The 506th PIR Para-Dice (Pair-O-Dice) Pocket Patch design is
attributed to William R. (Bill)
Donnan and/or Harold Donaghe (both
from B Co, 1st BN, 506th PIR), who created it at Camp
GA in the summer of 1942. Joseph E. (Joe) Witzerman (HQ, 2nd BN, 506th PIR) did the art work.
Joe was later transferred to a special Army artist unit. PFC
William R. Donnan was transferred out
of the 506th PIR in June 1944, and on July 15, 1944, was in a
Detachment of Patients honorably
discharged at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, DC.
The design consists of a diving eagle in front of a parachute
canopy and a pair of dice, showing a "5"
and a "6" and connected with a large black "0"
, signifying the 506 attacking from the sky. The Para-
Dice patch was approved on April 20, 1943 and was worn on the
left jacket pocket. However,
since this was a regimental insignia, it was not an authorized
patch once the 506th PIR was attached
to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC, on June 1,