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.

>>>Would you like to honor a 505 Regimental Combat Team veteran who served in any of the units listed above, just contact us by double clicking here or manually type in ContackMeAt@aol.com.

>>>505 Regimental Combat Team veterans that have recently passed away as of October, 17, 2022.

>Lester W. Wright, 96 years old, 505-PIR - Regimental HQ Company - May 23,1925 to January 30,2022.
>Leslie P. Cruise Jr., 97 years old, 505-PIR - H Company - May 27,1924 to January 30,2022.
>Roderick R. Connally, 96 years old, 505-PIR - H Company - February 7,1925 to November 27,2021.
>Raymond L. Daudt, 98 years old, 505-PIR - G Company - August 9,1923 to September 30,2021.
>Clement P. Mitchell, 96 years old, 505-PIR - Service Company - January 15,1925 to September 28,2021.
>Walter R. Hurd, 96 years old, 456PFA - A Battery - October 15,1924 to September 17,2021.
>Richard Sheldon Beller, 96 years old, 456PFA - C Battery - October 18,1924 to August 15, 2021.
>Robert L. Nagele, 96 years old, 505-PIR - Service Company - March 13, 1924 to December 3,2020
>Paul Lafayette Foster, 97 years old, 80-AA - D Battery - July 28,1923 to October 16,2020.

>>>New January 2023, 1st Lieutenant Charles K. Qualls, a Purple Heart medal recipient, was awarded the Silver Star medal, posthumously, for his actions on December 26, 1945.

>>>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.

>>>Doctor Dean McCandless passed away on March 17,2020. He was 100 years old.

>>>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)

>>>New November 2020 - Read Irvin "Turk" Seelye's D-Day memoir taken from E companies unpublished manuscript "Echoes of the Warriors" edited by George Jacobus.

>>>New July 2020 - Read Joseph Stolmeier's interview from July 4th 2019. Joe served with the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, in A Battery. He served from 1941 through 1945.

>>>New January 2020 - Read John Torreano's interview from 2016. John served with the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, in A company. He served from 1941 through 1945.

>>>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.

>>>September 21, 2021 - Retired Sergeant Major Howard P. Melvin writes "Dear Abby" in 1996.

>>>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 2019 ! Read Staff Sergeant Harry Buffone's interview on his 100th birthday. He served with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, I company.

>>>New 2019 ! Lieutenant Fred B. Morgan, returns to Normandy 67 years later.

>>>October 2, 2018 - Read Sergeant Norbert Beach's WW-II remembrances. Sergeant Beach was a veteran of H company, 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment. He made four combat jumps.

>>>NEW ! August 10, 2018 - Read Staff Sergeant Harry Berry's WW-II diary. Harry was a veteran of B Battery, 80th AA Battalion.

>>>NEW ! 2018 Visit Staff Sergeant George Sipple's webpage featuring a rare photograph of the Field Artillery Parachute Test Battalion.

>>>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.

>>>NEW ! June 1, 2021 - 1st Lieutenant Morris P. Guerrant earned the Bronze Star medal during the Bulge and the Silver Star medal crossing the Elbe River..

>>>Little Known Facts of the 505 Regimental Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

>>>Visit our veteran photograph archive page (377 photos - January 9, 2023).             >>>Read their individual stories on our Paratroopers page.

>>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 eeptx@sbcglobal.net.

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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