82nd Airborne Division Blog

In this section we talk about people and events of the 82nd in WWII - the known and hopefully lots of the previously unknown. If you have something to add, we would love to hear it. You can enter your comments at the bottom of each story.

It is good to be brave but better to be smart and less painful to those around you.

“I have seen so much of death over here that I have come to believe one should do everything he can to enjoy life – as he may not be here tomorrow.”

Colonel Mark Alexander – 505th and 508th Parachute Infantry Regiments – tells it like it is. See more quotes…

Sergeant Alvin C. York

Sergeant Alvin C. York earned the Congressional Medal of Honor with the 82nd Infantry Division in WWI. The division was deactivated between the wars and was then brought back in 1942 as America’s first airborne division.

Slit vs. Straddle Trench

Slit trench vs. Straddle trench. Where should one take cover?

Brutal North African conditions

The 82nd Airborne spent months training in the unforgiving conditions of Oujda, Morocco and Kairouan, Tunisia leading up the invasion of Sicily. WWII 1943.