U.S. COMBAT JUMPS
US Army Regulation on Combat Jumps
A bronze service star is authorized to be worn on the Parachutist Badges to denote a soldier's participation in a combat parachute jump. Orders are required to confirm award of these badges. (See para 1-25.) AR 670-1 describes the placement of stars on parachute badges and the wear of these badges. A soldier's combat parachute jump credit is tied directly to the combat assault credit decision (para 7-25) for the unit to which the soldier is attached or assigned at the time of the assault. Should a unit be denied air assault credit, no air assault credit for purpose of this badge will accrue to the individual soldiers of that unit. Each soldier must physically exit the aircraft to receive combat parachute jump credit and the Parachutist badge with bronze service star.
One combat jump:
A bronze star centered on the shroud lines 3/16 inch below the canopy.
Two combat jumps
A bronze star on the base of each wing.
Three combat jumps
A bronze star on the base of each wing and one star centered on the shroud lines 3/16 inch below the canopy.
Four combat jumps
Two bronze stars on the base of each wing
Five combat jumps
A gold star centered on the shroud lines 5/16 inch below the canopy
15 Operations (Torch, Husky 1, Husky 2, Alamo,
Avalanche, Overlord, Cyclone,
Rugby, Market Garden, Tabletop, Shoestring, Topside,
Rescue, Varsity, Gypsy) a total of 55,574 Jumps
KOREA, 1950-51, Operations (DZ Easy, DZ William, Tomahawk) a total of 6,830 Jump
VIETNAM, 1967-71, 6 Operations (Junction City, Harvest Moon, Blackjack, Oregon, Blue Max, Teams -, RT Idaho (3) and the recon company commander, One Zero, Storter and Wisconsin), 1,728 Jumps
LAOS, 1970, 1 Operation (Team Florida) 6 jumps
NORTH VIETNAM, 13 Operations (no names given), 13 jumps
GRENADA, 1983, 1 Operation (Urgent Fury) 511 Jumps
HONDURAS, 1988, 1 Operation (Golden Pheasant * ) 1,300 Jumps
PANAMA, 1989, 1 Operation (Just Cause) 6,176 Jumps
IRAQ, 1991, 1 Operation, (Desert Storm) 12 Jumps
AFGHANISTAN, 2001, 1 Operation -Bright Star, 147 airborne ranger jumpers
IRAQ, 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom, (Operation Option North -approx 1,000 paratrooper of the 173d Airborne Brigade, 18th Expeditionary group-USAF and 250th Forward Support Team (ABN)
Blue text = 31 Halo Combat Jumps
Americans have made 70,995 , U.S. Combat Jumps in 41 operations. Since some paratroopers made more then one combat jump, it is impossible to say how many American paratroopers have made combat jumps.
* Not considered a combat jump by the US Army, not included in above total
*** Operations still continuing !!
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as of 1 October 2004