For sale is an original WWII era US ARMY UNIFORM UNIT PATCH or shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI). Unit patches identified the soldier’s assigned headquarters. This 130th Infantry Division patch featuring a flying dragon is for what is known as a phantom unit. The United States Army created a large number of notional deception formations during World War II deception operations. A first rate military collectible.
This phantom unit was created in 1944 as part of Operation Wedlock. The unit was part of the notional amphibious component of the Ninth Fleet to deceive the Japanese that the US planned to attack the Kuriles rather than the Marianas. The most notable fictional US formation was the First U.S. Army Group (FUSAG); this field army was originally intended as the main invasion force for the Invasion of Normandy, a diversion for the D-Day landing in France.