Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th by Phil Nordyke

By Phil Nordyke

Hailing from the massive towns and small cities of America, those younger males got here jointly to serve their kingdom and the better stable. They have been the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne department (the All Americans). Phil Nordyke, their legitimate historian, attracts on interviews with surviving veterans and oral historical past recordings in addition to professional information and unpublished written bills from greater than 300 veterans of the 505th PIR and their aiding devices. this can be heritage because it was once lived through the boys of the 505th, from their prewar coming of age within the regiment, throughout the finish of global battle II, once they marched within the Victory Parade up 5th street in long island, to the postwar legacy of getting been a part of an elite parachute regiment with a checklist unsurpassed within the annals of combat.

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I want to thank Doug McCabe, Curator of Manuscripts, Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, the Alden Library, Ohio University, for providing the large volume of materials referenced in this book. I want to recognize and thank Martin K. A. Morgan, noted author, historian, and curator at the Eisenhower Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, who provided copies of oral history transcripts and written accounts from the center’s archives. I want to extend my gratitude to Dr.

I did as he asked, with the weight of my body on my left foot; I did fool the medic, but not myself. I marched to the sheds that evening in great pain and packed my chute, but the next morning, the injured foot would not bear my weight. ’ There was no way of kidding myself; I was hurting. I limped to the infirmary, where I soaked the foot in a whirlpool of hot water. Several times that day I repeated the treatment, praying to God it would be all right tomorrow. “The next day, I was at the packing sheds drawing my chute to make my fourth jump.

It did not. Aside from the impact of this type of training on the airborne formations themselves, it had tremendous significance to the army as a whole. ”11 In December 1941, Gavin was promoted to the rank of major. “In the spring of 1942 Brigadier General William Lee and I, as his Plans and Training Officer, went to Washington to discuss the creation of our first airborne division. The Washington staff seemed rather skeptical about the whole idea. However, after some discussion it was agreed that we could start the organization of an airborne division provided certain stipulations were met.

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