The Rakkasans!        

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187th Airborne Emblem Wooden Plaque

The 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans) is a regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The nickname "The Rakkasans" is derived from the Japanese word for umbrella. The name was given to the 187th during its tour in occupied Japan following World War II. When a translator dealing with local Japanese dignitaries was trying to explain what their unit was trained to do (and not knowing the Japanese word for "airborne soldiers") he used the phrase "falling down umbrella men", or rakkasan. Bemused by the clumsy word, the locals began to call the troopers by that nickname; it soon stuck and became a point of pride for the Unit.

Our sharp 187th Airborne Emblem is 100% Handcrafted from All-Natural hardwoods. The background is Inlaid, the Wings are made Intarsia-style and the Risers are cut from one piece of wood.

Our NEW Larger 187th Airborne Emblem Wood Art Plaque measures 15" x 10".

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