508th Parachute infantry Regiment

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508th Parachute infantry Regiment

Postby muckaroon1960 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:13 pm

First formed in October 1942 the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment was part of the 82nd Airborne Division and along with the 505th & 507th was commanded by Major General Matthew Ridgway. Nicknamed the "Red Devils" or "Fury from the Sky". The 508th undertook their training for D-Day at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England, where they were based from 1944 to 1945 and returned there after D-Day in readiness for Operation Market Garden. The 508th jumped into Normandy at 2:15am on June 6th with the one of their objectives being the capture of St Mere Eglise. The 508th suffered 1,061 casualties out of 2,056 with only 995 returning to England in July with 307 killed in action. There is a memorial to fallen members of the 508th in Woolaton Park.

The 508th was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for their action in Normandy and in September took part in Operation Market Garden where they captured and held a key bridge near Nijmegen and continued fighting the German Army after being relieved in Holland and took part in the Battle of the Bulge and after fighting near St Vith and defending their positions against German panzer divisions saw little further fighting for the rest of the war. The 508th came under the control of the 1st Allied airborne army in April 1945 and returned to the states before being deactivated in late 1946.

Post war the regiment was reactivated in 1951 as the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team and served in Vietnam and more recently in the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns.


During WW2 the regiment received the following awards, 1 Medal of Honor to 1st Sergeant Leonard A. Funk, Jr. 14 Distinguished Service Crosses,111 Silver Stars, 341 Bronze Stars, 3 Legion of Merits and 7 Soldier's Medals.

508th Red Devil patch which was unauthorised but used between 1942 to 1946. Made from twill or wool background in varying background shades of grey or tan. This patch being very similar to one featured in Angola's "Heroes in our Midst" Vol 3.**==

* Information from Wikipedia and "Heroes in our midst" John R Angola.
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Re: 508th Parachute infantry Regiment

Postby muckaroon1960 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:23 pm

Top right (red dot) as shown in "Heroes in our Midst". These are full size 3" in the book. :thumbsup:
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Re: 508th Parachute infantry Regiment

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:43 pm

Great looking patch Paul. Would they have worn these on their Garrison caps and the traditional 82nd on their jacket? Can't remember seeing a period photograph with these in use. Although unauthorised I would imagine they would be allowed to wear these on some part of their uniform?

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Re: 508th Parachute infantry Regiment

Postby muckaroon1960 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:15 am

Hi Mark, ive seen pictures of these patches on ike jackets on the right hand side. All PIR had their own individual patches usually designed by a member of the regiment. I have similar to the 501st, 502nd and 506th.

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Re: 508th Parachute infantry Regiment

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:29 am

muckaroon1960 wrote:Hi Mark, ive seen pictures of these patches on ike jackets on the right hand side. All PIR had their own individual patches usually designed by a member of the regiment. I have similar to the 501st, 502nd and 506th.


Thanks Paul. :thumbsup:

Regards Mark.

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