Little known facts of the 82nd Airborne Division

    Below are a few interesting facts that came to our attention while updating the 8,000 + names on the
    505th Regimental Combat Team roster;

1) After the war ended, over 90% of the Division's re-enlistments in late 1945 and early 1946
    were for Hawaii. This is how it appears on enlistment records; " Enlistment for Hawaiian Department ".

2) The first large scale deployment of troops overseas in WW-II was to the "Territory of Hawaii" after the
    bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. The convoy arrived off the Hawaiian Islands on March 10th
    1942. By the end of 1943 the danger to the Hawaiian Islands from Japan was over, many of the troops
    stationed there in March 1942, were slowly returned to the States or transferred to other units.

3) Prior to the United States entering WW-II in December of 1941, most re-enlistments were for the
    Philippines or Panama, appearing on enlistment records as; " Enlistment for the Philippine Department "
    or " Enlistment for the Panama Canal Department. "

4) The great majority of the 82nd Airborne Division's inductees were drafted during the month of March, 1942.

5) Compensation records for veterans of the states of Iowa and Pennsylvania are available on Ancestry.com.
    Information on the forms gives the veterans ASN (Army Serial Number) the highest rank held, the start and
    finish dates of service, dates of overseas service and on the Iowa form, it lists units the veteran served in
    during the war.

6) The state of New Mexico makes WW-II Army discharge documents available on Ancestry.com for all veterans
    of WW-II that lived in the state during the war.

7) On December 14,1942 the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division sent 62 Paratroopers to
    the 501 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division as cadre, in grade, for the newly formed Regiment.
    (The 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment was activated at Camp Toccoa, Georgia on November 15,1942)

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