MEMBERSHIP OF THE 505th
REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM ASSOCIATION
The Search For Members Who Served In The
505th Parachute Infantry
Regimental Combat Team
1942 - 1945
A Combat Team
of the 82nd Airborne Division
in World War II
The 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Company B,307th Airborne Engineer Battalion
The 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
The 80th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion
The 307th Airborne Medical Company
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
The 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
of the 82nd Airborne Division was in combat intermittently
over a period of 22 months from July 9, 1943 through May
8, 1945, during WWII. Its action earned six campaigns
stars, three recognized as initial invasions with an
arrowhead on the campaign ribbon. The regiment was
supported by specialized support groups which, along with
the 505th, made up a regimental combat team.
During these actions special bonds
were established between friends as well as mutual
feelings of respect between “units” that supported each
other. In 1986, forty years after most men had left their
units, an association was formed so that old friends
could renew contact. That association was named “The
505th Parachute Infantry Regimental Combat Team
Association, Inc”. Criteria for membership was service
in units of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regimental Combat
Team during the years 1942-1945, including training, during
combat action or as "Americas Guard of Honor" during the occupation
of Berlin. Following the first meeting of several
hundred whose whereabouts were known to each other, a
search was initiated to identify and find those still
living who might wish to re-unite with old friends in the
505th RCT association.
The search was started by James J.
“Joe” Meyers (D Co.), who developed the procedures and the
basis for continued work. Robert W. “Bob” Gillette (HHC)
assumed the task in 1992 and carried it forward to this
date. The association has had active reunions from 1986 forward but in 2004
as its memorial projects approached completion and it is archiving its
historical material, including this record.
The original RCT totaled about 3,300 when at full strength;
replacements more than doubled that number. There are known
omissions and there may be some names included by mistake. Some
fraudulent claims were discovered and they were deleted from the list.
Some units have active organizations and have been helpful.
Many of those responding to our search did not choose to become active members
in the Association, but they are all included herein. While our criteria for
RCT membership included service to the end of 1945, limited effort was expended
to find those who came into the RCT units after May 1945; many of those came
from other units with a combat history and comradeship of their own.
DISCLAIMER FOR 505 RCT ROSTER
This tabulation is the by-product of
that search conducted from 1986 to the present for those
who served in units of the 505th Parachute Infantry
Regimental Combat Team during the years 1942-1945,
including training, during combat action and as “America’s
Guard of Honor” during the occupation of Berlin. Over
7,000 names have been tabulated. Much of the data
collected was from valid “research” sources but its
mission did not require documentation normally expected of
a research project.
Sources were Special and General
Orders from army archives, assistance from the Veterans
Administration, Social Security records, lists from
attached units carrying on their own searches and from the
Static Line. Anomalies include a number of deaths
recorded during combat periods but not listed as KIA, DOW
or NBC (non-battle casualty).
Our mission was to locate living
members but in so doing we collected information of
interest to others, and presumably to their descendants.
It can neither be considered as complete nor without
inaccuracies, but might be used as a starting point
for those seeking more complete history on an individual
or unit. Some names reported to be missing from this list
could not be verified.
Company B of the 307th Airborne
Engineer Battalion and the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion were permanently attached
to the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and their members often served as combat
infantrymen with the 505.* The 80th Airborne Anti-Aircraft
Battalion and the 307th Medical Company supported the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
intermittently in one or more of its six campaigns. They
also supported the other regiments of, or attached to, the
82nd Airborne Division.
This tabulation should be studied in
company with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regimental History “Ready”,
written by Allen Langdon (C Co.), Four Stars of Valor, written by Phil Nordyke and of course the
numerous histories of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Click Here For The 505th Regimental Combat Team Roster
Description of the roster's fields (columns)
Parachute Infantry Regiment consisted of the following
HHC = Hq & Hq
SVS = Service
Med = Medical
1HHC + A, B,
C Cos. (all 1st battalion)
2HHC + D, E,
F Cos. (all 2nd Battalion)
3HHC + G, H,
I Cos. (all 3rd Battalion)
The 456PFA Bn.
had batteries HHB, A, B, C, D, e.g., 456A
The 80th AAA
Bn. had batteries HHB, A, B, C. D, E, F, e.g., 80AA-B
Only Co. B,
307th Airborne Engineers was part of the 505th
RCT, e.g., 307E.
been errors in identification between “307 Eng Medic” and
“307 Med. Co.”
known deficiencies are in the lack of record completeness of the
ALSO IN: Lists other unit(s) when the
person served in more than one unit.
last names was not always consistent, often written under
changes were made post-war.
rank or position was intentionally not included.
Individuals are listed twice
if they served both as an enlisted man and as an officer.
Important to use the
Army name, not nicknames.
Middle initial is valuable
to differentiate between like names, otherwise less important.
ASN: (ARMY SERIAL NUMBERS)
Number can give a clue as to entry into the service,
“1" indicates enlisted volunteer.
“2" indicates National Guard origin.
“3" indicates draftee.
segments of ASN indicate region of entry.
CIB: Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB)
or Combat Medical Badge (CMB) and Campaign ; indicating
when the badge was first awarded. S-Sicily, I-Italy,
N-Normandy, H-Holland, A-Ardennes, R-Rhineland,
CE-Central Europe. For example, CMB-H. While Holland was
not a separate campaign, it was identifiable as a major
battle of the 82nd Airborne.
Some men who
served in Sicily were not awarded the CIB until the Italian
campaign. These were probably clerical oversights. The men
of B Company, 307th Engineers, 456th PFA, 80th AAA & 307th Medical Company did
not receive the CIB at all; technically they were not
*(B Company, 307th Engineers Bn. and the 456th PFA Bn. were permanently attached
to the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment; their members often served as combat
infantrymen with the 505.)
STATUS: KIA-campaign as identified above, or date deceased
D=00-00-00. All deaths during combat periods were not
recorded as KIA. Some are DOW, NBC or simply D.
ROH: Roll of Honor listing.
members, the 505th RCT Association Treasurer has the most