On a shield, sable the head of a bald eagle erased proper. Immediately above
and touching the shoulder sleeve insignia, a black arc tab inscribed "AIRBORNE"
in yellow letters.
The design is based on one of the Civil War traditions of the state of Wisconsin,
this state being the territory of the original 101st Division after World War I. The
black shield recalls the old “Iron Brigade,” one of whose regiments possess “Old
Abe,” the famous war eagle.