Airborne Will Be Restored
WASHINGTON, April 4 ---(AP) --- The
Army announced today the 50th [sic] Airborne infantry regiment will
be reactivated later this month at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The regiment will be assigned to Third army headquarters. The
Army sad it will be made up of key personnel drawn from the 82nd
The regiment will be organized to provide for possible future
expansion to regimental combat team strength, the announcement said.
During World War II, the unit was known as the 508th parachute
infantry regiment attached to the 82nd airborne division.
During the Normandy invasion, the division was commanded by Maj.
Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, now the three-star commander of the Eighth
army in Korea.
The Army said the reformed regiment will be commande3d by Col.
Joseph P. Cleland of Omaha, Neb. He now commands the 504th
regiment of the 82nd airborne division.
[Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, TX, Wednesday,
April 4, 1951, Page 1]