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 Since it's founding in 1975 by O.B. Hill, who was later named as Permanent Chairman, the 508th P.I.R. Association was an active organization with Annual Regimental Reunions as well as various periodic Company level gatherings, i.e., "mini-reunions".   In addition, many men took part in reunion tours that were typically sponsored by Static Line Magazine. Tour itineraries included stops at various historic sites in England, France, Belgium and Holland..

   All told, there were 30 Annual Reunions that were held in some 26 cities within 20 states.   Every one of these reunions had a nationwide draw and many had foreign guests in attendance as well.

   The 30th, and final reunion, was held on October 17 through 21, 2004 with a dual venue in Gainesville, FL and at nearby Camp Blanding, Starke, FL.  The Regimental colors and the association were formally retired in a sp4ecial and stirring ceremony at Camp Blanding on October 19, 2004 .

   During the annual reunions, presentation of the O.B. Hill Award singled out men who had made special contribution of their time and expertise during the prior year.  In addition, the Presidents Trophy was awarded to the Company having the largest attendance at that year's reunion.  The history of both of these awards can be viewed via the links below.

   Many of these reunion events were documented by members and their contributed photos and memorabilia tell the tales better than words alone.



President's Trophy


O.B. Hill Award



Undated Undated Reunion Photos 1946-47 Post War Get Together 1969 D-Day Plus 25 1975 - 2004 Annual 508th PIR Association Reunions
1975 - 2004 Mini-Reunions 1978 European Battlefields Tour 1978 D-Day, 36th Anniversary, Fort Bragg,  NC 1981 D-Day, 37th Anniversary, European Battlefields Tour
1982 Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Dedication 1984 European Moments
(D-Day Plus 40)
1985 Nottingham Reunion, H Company 1994 D-Day 50th Anniversary European Tour
2004 D-Day 60th Anniversary European Tour 2004 Retirement of 508th PIR Association 2005 Orange Park, FL Hq 1st and C Company Mini-reunion 2006 Augusta, GA Hq 1st and C Company Mini-reunion
2007-Present Annual Family & Friends of The 508th PIR Reunions 2009 D-Day 65th Anniversary European Tour 2010 Dedication of Wollaton's 508th Memorial 2013 Dedication of Vielsalm's 508th Memorial
2014 D-Day 70th Anniversary European Tour 2015 Vets Visit in France and Holland 2016 Ceremonies In Belgium    

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