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Col Shields Warren, Jr.

Entered military service as a newly commissioned 2nd Lt, in the 19th Infantry, Hawaii. He left the states for Hawaii on 10th October, 1939, and left for the states exactly 3 years later.

He was at Pearl Harbour when the Japs sneaked in, and was the only man in the 508th to wear the Pacific Theatre Ribbon.

On his arrival to the states in 1942 Captain Warren immediately applied for the Paratroopers.

After a brief spell as an instructor he was assigned to the 508 at Camp Mackall as the Executive officer of the 2nd Battalion. He commanded the 2nd Battalion in the South Carolina Maneuvres in May 1943.

After being promoted to Lt Col. he took over command of the 2nd Battalion for keeps.

During the first 6 days of D-DAY, he commanded the Battalion's battle group defending the southern half of the Merderet and Douve river bridges.

He led his men into Battle at Beuzeville, La Bastille and Baupte, Hill 95 and Hill 131 in Normandy to the snow covered hills of the Ardennes in Belgium, and the mine covered Hill 400 at the Roar River.

Colonel Shields Warren passed away on 26th January, 1994. 

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