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.

Sainte-Mère-Église first town liberated on D-Day

Very early in the morning of June 6th, 1944 allied paratroopers began landing in the darkness all over Normandy, France. Those that landed on the small French town of Sainte-Mère-Église were in trouble.

Sergeant Victor Schmidt, 505th PIR

Sergeant Victor Schmidt of the 505 spoke fluent German. This came in handy in Normandy and several other times.

Colonel Krause goes hunting for Mac

Colonel Krause searches among a lineup of men named “Mac” to find the one that hit him over the head with a piece of wood.

Henry Bly saves a British lass

Paratrooper Henry Bly came to the rescue and prevented a British girl from being raped.

Dick Garber, jumpmaster for Ridgway

Lieutenant Dick Garber is the jumpmaster for General Matthew B. Ridgway on D-Day morning. The pressure is on to put the general in the right spot.

Doc Franco

Robert “Doc” Franco of the 505