During WWII the 505 Regimental Combat Team was made up of these units:
505 Parachute Infantry Regiment | 456 Parachute Field Artillery Bn. | B-307 Engineer Bn. | 307th Medical Company | 80th Anti-Aircraft Bn.
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>Leslie P. Cruise Jr., 97 years old, 505-PIR - H Company - May 27,1924 to January 30,2022.
>>>Read how an American soldier got his name in four books about the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment. Was he a hero ? Facts available in the public domain say otherwise. Double click here and read this amazing story.
>>> July 2022, Coming soon. Most of us identify with the first combat parachute jump as taking place on Sicily July 9,10 1943, under the code name of "Husky". Not so, the first parachute combat jump took place in North Africa on November 7,8 1942, under the code name of "Torch". Read about the 1500 mile journey, thirty nine C-47's made, carrying the 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Parachute Infantry. Coming this July, 2022.
>>>New June 2021 - Doctor Dean McCandless served as a 1st Lieutenant during the war. He wrote of his experiences in a memoir called "Remembering the Army" (In a 2016 visit to the 82nd Airborne Division Museum a 1993 letter from Dean addressed to Ed Sayre of A company was found)
>>>February 1, 2019 - Read Private First Class Charles Barnhart's WW-II memoir. He was a veteran of H company, 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment. Pfc. Barnhart earned the Silver Star medal and Purple Heart in Holland. He and Private James A. Wambach, an H Company bazooka team, were dispatched to a roadblock alone against a German onslaught.
>>>May 12, 2019 - Thought it was something when the 32 year old men of the regiment made a combat jump. Read about Sergeant Charles E. Burt making his first combat jump into Sicily at 54 years of age.
>>>NEW ! 2018 Staff Sergeant Winfred Davies was one of five brothers that served during WW-II. He served as a medic in both the 505th Parachute Infantry and the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion. He earned the Silver Star medal in Italy and the Purple Heart medal in Sicily with the 505 PIR and an oak leaf cluster to the Purple Heart in Holland with the 456 PFA.
>>>NEW ! May 2019 - Two newspaper articles featuring Winfred Davies, one article for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Dr. Dan McIllvoy writes into Winfred's local paper, and the other, the June 15th 1977 release of the movie "A Bridge Too Far". Read both interesting stories, just click here.
>>Wondering why your 505 Regimental Combat Team veteran was discharged from the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the 466th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, the 139th Airborne Engineer Battalion, or the 155 Airborne AA Battalion ? Click here for more information regarding veterans who served with the 505th Parachute Infantry or the 80th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion. In June of 1945, aproximately one thousand 505 paratroopers were reassigned to the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. This web page will also explain the veterans ASR Score (Army Service Rating Score), a point system that initially allowed veterans to be discharged after the war with a minimum cumlative score of 85 points.
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Official History of the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment
Author: Allen Langdon
WWII Paratrooper Allen Langdon wrote the first official history of the 505 in 1986 called "Ready". Unfortunately, this outstanding book is out of print.A while back copies of the original "Ready" were found in the Static Line warehouse. A few of these 1st edition books are still available for purchase. Price is $250.00 + $25.35 postage for a total of $275.35. Contact Ellen Peters by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds from the book are used for the purchase and maintenance of plaques honoring 505 Regimental Combat Team veterans who were killed in action at the sites where they fought.
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