82nd Airborne Division Blog

Virgil McGuire

Virgil McGuire served in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. For some time he was the body guard to two of the regiments executive officers.

He served in this capacity with Lt. Col. Harrison until the colonel was transferred out of the 508. McQuire protected his replacement, Lt. Col. Alexander, until this colonel was severely wounded.

McGuire remained with headquarters company. While the regiment was in a holding position in rainy Holland, he and two buddies snuck into a winery between the American and German lines. They put seven of the best bottles they could find under McGuire’s jacket and he cinched his belt tight to prevent any breakage.

Now they needed to make it back without getting caught. They avoided court-marshal and heavy fines for looting, making it back to their cold and muddy, but now more cheerful, foxholes.

To read more about this story or Virgil McGuire, see “The 508th Connection” by Zig Boroughs.

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