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.

War is indeed a nightmare of hell

“War is indeed a nightmare of hell and more do I realize that these men of ours are the most courageous in the world. They will never back up, no matter what the odds. German prisoners tell us that our paratroopers are the fiercest and most determined fighters they have ever seen.”

- quote from Lt. Col. Mark Alexander, June 1944

Corporal Shenkle and the attack on Hill 95

Corporal George Shenkle of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division was there for the attack on Hill 95 on the Normandy peninsula. Here are a few of his recollections.

Captain George Simonds, 508th PIR

Captain George Simonds, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, died attacking Hill 95 in Normandy on July 4th, 1944. His final resting place is San Jose, California.

Virgil McGuire

508 man Virgil McGuire smuggles seven bottles of wine back to his foxhole.