I would think that WWII, Viet Nam and what my son went through in Afghanistan and Iraq would apply. He is air assault qualified to jump out of helicopters as well. The 82nd does the parachute stuff now. Yes, it was "Old Abe" that inspired the 101 patch. I think one issue of "Military Images" magazine devoted a history of all the images of "Old Abe" during his lifetime, I sent that section to my son through the U.S. mail. He still has the 101 patch on his master Sgt's dress uniform to this day on the right breast. The 1rst CAV patch is on his left shoulderI've heard 3 generations of 101st troopers say the eagle on the patch is "Old Abe." If it wasn't originally, it certainly is now!