On the 20th
October, 1942, the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment was born
at Camp Blanding, Florida. Since early September, 1942 Major Roy Lindquist
had been laying plans for the activation of the unit he was to command.
Every man who
wanted to be part of the 508th was personally screened by Major
Lindquist. 4500 men were processed before accepting 2300, the required
number for the 508th.
By April 1943,
Major Lindquist was promoted to full Colonel, commanding the 508th.
During the D-DAY
invasion, Col Lindquist like many other paratroopers landed well out of
position. He landed near a castle which they called the grey castle due to
As he waded through
knee-high flood water he gathered about 100 men and headed for the La
Fiere manor which was located about 2 km away.
He helped other
paratroop regiments in holding and clearing the causeway from La Fiere
Manor to Cauquigny which was only a quarter a mile away, in one of the
bloodiest battles of D-Dsy.
Col Lindquist also
led the 508th in Holland and Belgium.
handed over command of the regiment to Lt Col Otho E. Holmes in December
Col Lindquist was
later promoted to Major General.
Major General Roy
E. Lindquist passes away on 19th November 1986.