History of the 505th Parachute Infantry in WWII

  • Constituted 24 June 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 505th Parachute Infantry.
  • On 6 July 1942, at Fort Benning, Georgia, the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment was activated under the Airborne Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • On 4 February 1943, the Regiment was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division. The Regiment arrived at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 12 February 1943.
  • During World War II, the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment participated in seven major campaigns and four regimental airborne assaults.

 

Campaign

Location

Units Involved

Training:  North Africa

 Kairouan, Tunisia

 

Operation: Husky I

Date: 9 July 1943

Dropzone: Gela & Sicily, Italy

Unit: 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment 3rd Battalion (Jumped first); 505th Regimental Combat Team (RCT), Includes: 505th PIR, 456th PFA & Co. B, 307th Engr.

Operation: Avalanche

Date: 14 September 1943

Dropzone: Salerno & Paestum, Italy

Unit: 505th Regimental Combat Team (RCT). Includes: 505th PIR, 456th PFA & Co.B 370th Engr.

Operation: Overlord

Date: 6 June 1944

Dropzone: Normandy, France

Unit: 82nd Airborne Division (507, 508) 505th RCT, Includes: 505th Parachute Infantry Reg., Co. B/307 Engineer Battlion & 456th Parachute Field Artillery Batalion. 28 Pathfinders, 504th PIR, (7 returned).

Operation: Market Garden

Date: 17 September 1944

Dropzone: Grave & Nijmegen, Holland

Unit: 82nd Airborne Division (508), 505th RCT, Includes: 505th PIR, 456th PFA, & Co.B, 307th Engr.; 504th RCT, Includes: 504th PIR, 376th PFA, & Co.A, 307 Engr

Battle of the Bulge

Malmedy Ardennes

 

 

505th Parachute Infantry Regiment

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

World War II

Sicily (with arrowhead)

Naples-Foggia

Normandy (with arrowhead)

Rhineland (with arrowhead)

Ardennes-Alsace

Central Europe

 

DECORATIONS

Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered STE. MERE EGLISE

Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered NIJMEGEN

French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered STE. MERE EGLISE

French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered COTENTIN

French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Fourragere

Military Order of William (Degree of the Knight of the Fourth Class), Streamer embroidered NIJMEGEN 1944

Netherlands Orange Lanyard

Belgian Fourragere 1940

Cited In the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the ARDENNES

Cited In the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in BELGIUM and GERMANY

North Africa - Husky I - Avalanche - Overlord - Market Garden - Bulge - Commendations