The 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans) is a regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. The nickname "Rakkasans" is derived from the Japanese word for parachute (literally "umbrella for falling"). 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 "parachute-men" (literally "falling down umbrella men"), or Rakkasan. Amused 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.
The 187th Airborne sculpture is cut from 1/8 inch steel plate and then hand polished. It is then heat treated and painted for color before finally being finished with a poured on epoxy coating. Because each sculpture is hand made no two are alike. Each sculpture comes with welded on hardware for hanging and 2 inch offsets which gives the sculpture a floating appearance. Hooks for the optional laser engraved black name plate ($40.00) are already installed.
Dimensions:15"W x 22"H x 2"D
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