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) On December 14,1942 the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division transferred 62 Paratroopers
in grade, as cadre, for the newly formed 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
(The 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment was activated at Camp Toccoa, Georgia on November 15,1942)
2) The great majority of the 82nd Airborne Division's inductees were drafted during the month of March, 1942.
3) 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.
4) 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. "
5)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 ".
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) On November 14,1943 the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment transferred in grade, approximately 246 paratroopers to
the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. These replacements helped bring the 504th up to strength for Anzio, Italy campaign.
At the time the 505th PIR was sailing for Naples, Italy while the 504th PIR was sailing to Anzio, Italy on loan to
General Mark Clarke's Fifth Army. (Many of the 505 PIR paratroopers returned to the 505 PIR in April of 1944.)