The 505th conducted it's second combat parachute attack on 14 September 1943, into Salerno, Italy becoming the first unit to enter Naples.

The division commander, Maj. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, was a highly capable, competent, and inspirational leader who had commanded the 82nd from its inception as an airborne unit through the earlier campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.

In Italy the highly talented and charismatic leader Brig. Gen. James Gavin, was promoted to assistant division commander and later became division commander after Ridgway was promoted.



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