yup, the vietnamese knew the 101st as the "chicken men" because of the patch, and they feared the chicken men.
The 101st is the only air assault division in the free world. They are also mairborne per se, but not airborne as in jump qualified. Its the one post at Ft Campbell where you'll also see the air assault wings worn above the airborne wings due to esprit de corps of the 101st.
Yes air assault is nicknamed dope on a rope, same as airborne is nicknamed dirt darts or lawn darts.
Air assault is used for almost the same purpose as airborne which is to do ops behind enemy lines and also for quick movement of troops to a battleline or area.
p.s. nap of the earth is a wonderful thing
edit: The nickname of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), "Screaming Eagles," originates from the division's insignia, a bald eagle on a black shield. Old Abe was the eagle mascot of a Wisconsin regiment during the Civil War. The 101st was formed as a reserve unit in Wisconsin shortly after World War I and included "Old Abe" as part of the division's insignia. The motto of the 101st is "Rendezvous With Destiny." The 101st has such a rich history I love reading about it. Im a 101st fan before, during, and after my 2 years with them.
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