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.

WWII Paratrooper Bob Hughart – F Company 505

Interview with Bob Hughart: 82nd Airborne Division, Co. F 505 PIR 1942-45 I met Bob after conferring with him by mail for more than a year. He is a retired steelworker from Gary, Indiana. Bob has lived at Cherokee Village, Arkansas since the 70’s. John Henderson made the trip with me and we met bob [...]

From the mayor of the first town liberated on D-Day

This letter from Mayor Renaud to General DeGaulle was discovered in the American National Archives by Tommy McArdle. Likely written in 1944. FROM THE MAYOR OF SAINTE MERE EGLISE TO MONSIER LE COMMISSAIRE DU GOUVERNEMENT DU GENERAL DE GAULLE SUBJECT:  REQUEST FOR A FRENCH CITATION FOR THE TWO AIRBORNE BATTALIONS; WHICH LANDED IN SAINTE MERE [...]

Private Amorose lands in deep water on D-Day

82nd Airborne paratrooper Private Amorose jumped out of a C-47 and landed on a brick wall in Sicily. He got by on his injured knee for several days before being evacuated to a hospital ship. When he jumped into Normandy on D-Day, he was certain he was going to drown.

Italian soldiers happily surrender to Sgt. Aronowitz

Sergeant Paul Aronowitz gives some insight into the fighting of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Sicily and Italy.

Paul Aronowitz’s story – 505 PIR

Paratrooper Aronowitz talks about his journey through WWII.

“While no one likes war as such, there was a feeling of accomplishment at that time that is unique in its understanding. It was a wonderful thing to see the people of this country working together as no nation has ever done before.”

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

A Belgium man’s quest for family history leads to a memorial honoring American paratroopers

Michel Bara had four cousins die during World War II – two were French, one Italian, and one American. A monument to the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment was erected in a location once fought over during the Battle of the Bulge.

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Bazookas in World War II

The German Panzerschreck was far superior to the Allies Bazooka.

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General Maxwell D. Taylor saves the 82nd from annihilation

Operation Giant II had the 82nd Airborne Division jumping on the airfields of Rome. At the same time, Italy would announce that they were switching side and joining the Allies. Her armies would help the 82nd take and hold Rome and shut down anti-aircraft fire. General Maxwell D. Taylor went on a secret mission deep into Italy to make sure Italy could keep it’s promises.

Doc McIlvoy delivers baby near front lines

505th Parachute Infantry Regimental surgeon Daniel McIlvoy delivers a French couple’s baby near the front lines.