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jacobtowne
10-01-2007, 11:52 AM
This is a pin, possibly the type worn on a lapel or overseas cap. It may be what is called a distinguished unit insignia pin. It has two prongs on the back with spring-loaded clutches to hold the pin in place.

It's about an inch tall, in the shape of a shield, and displays a white, five-pointed star on a black field. Inside the star is an Indian head in profile, with full feather headdress.
Frankly, I don't even know whether it's military, and if so what period.

Any help appreciated.

JT

Amrit
10-01-2007, 12:32 PM
Sounds like it's a commemorative pin for members of the 2nd (Indian Head) Infantry Division :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_Infantry_Division_%28United_States%29

The Indian had was also part of the 9th Infantry Regiment badge (who were also part of the 2nd Division at some point):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9th_Infantry_Regiment_%28United_States%29

The 2nd Division received several Presidential Unit Citations.

jacobtowne
10-01-2007, 05:14 PM
Yes, that's exactly the one - the 2nd I.D. Thanks.

JT