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This is a pin, possibly the type worn on a lapel or overseas cap. It may be what is called a distinguished unit insignia pin. It has two prongs on the back with spring-loaded clutches to hold the pin in place.
It's about an inch tall, in the shape of a shield, and displays a white, five-pointed star on a black field. Inside the star is an Indian head in profile, with full feather headdress.
Frankly, I don't even know whether it's military, and if so what period.

Any help appreciated.

JT
 

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Not a medal. Sounds like a crest, intended to be worn on the epaulets of the blouse (or at one time, khaki shirt when worn as outer garment). Description sound like the patch of the 2nd Infantry "Indianhead" Division. If so, it would have been worn by folks assigned to the division HQ.

Try looking up "Second Infantry Division, U.S. Army" and see if it doesn't match the division patch.
 

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You are very welcome. Description sounded like that is what it was. I have a handful of 1st Cav pins of the same sort that I wore when I was in the First Team's JAG shop.
 
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