The President of the Provisional
Government of the French Republic Cites the Following Units, being parts of the 82d Airborne Division:
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
They are authorized to carry the
Fourragére in the colors of the Croix de Guerre, 1939-45.
PARIS, 6 April 1946Signed: FELIX GOUIN
Fourragére: The French
Fourragére may be awarded by the French government if a unit was cited twice in the dispatches. Award of the
Fourragére is not automatic and requires a specific decree of the French government. The
Fourragére is the same colors as the ribbon for the Croix de Guerre. If a unit is cited four times, the
Fourragére colors are changed to that of the French Medaille Militaire instead of the Croix de Guerre.
b. During WWI and WWII, the French Croix de Guerre was awarded to both U.S. Army units and to individuals. The Croix de Guerre may be awarded at different levels of command. The level of the awarding command determines the appurtenance worn on the ribbon. The bronze palm indicates awarded by the Army; a silver gilt star by a corps; a silver star by a division; and bronze star by a regiment or brigade.
c. The French Fourragére is authorized for both permanent and temporary wear. Personnel assigned to a unit which was awarded the
Fourragére may wear the Fourragére while assigned to the unit.
From the sands of North Africa to the close of the war 60,000 men passed through the Division's ranks. Nearly every unit holds the
Distinguished Unit Citation; the entire division wears the Belgian
Fourragére and the Dutch "Order of Wilhelm."
The units awarded the French Fourragére are Headquarters and Headquarters Company 82nd Airborne Division; 325th Glider Infantry Regiment; 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment; 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment; 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment; 82nd Airborne Signal Company; 307th Airborne Medical Company; Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and Batteries A B and C, 80th Airborne; AA Battalion Companies A and B, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion; Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 82nd Airborne Division; Artillery 319th and 320th Glider Field Artillery Battalion.
[The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC, 18 Oct 1946, Fri, Page 12]