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.

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.

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.