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UNIT JOURNAL, 508TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY
OPERATION ”NEPTUNE”, NORMANDY
28 MAY TO 15 JULY 1944

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17 June 1944
(Cont'd)
1325 hour --- CO returned.
1400 hour --- Additional common wire received.
1400 hour --- Co E contacted enemy at 1215 hour.
1400 hour --- M/12 to Div.  Medical Report -- Med.
1455 hour --- M/13 to 3rd Bn. Evacuate prisoners to VP -=- Ex.
1500 hour --- CO to Force A Hq.
1525 hour --- M/14 to C.  Established contact with the 505. Our location 182929 -- 2d Bn.
1530 hour --- CO in.
1430 hour --- M/15 to S-2. Combat patrols as shown on overlay leaving at 1500 hr.  Patrols consist of approx. 25 men each. -- 2d Bn.
1600 hour --- Bns on line holding.
1603 hour --- M/16 to CO. Overlay and disposition of troops. -- 505.
1730 hour --- M/17 to all units. All civilian builds of limits. -- CO.
1740 hour --- M/18 to CO. Extract from Med Blotter -- Div.
1800 hour --- M/19 to CO. Burials in Div cemetery. -- Div.
1800 hour --- M/20 to CO. Capture 25 EM and 1 Off. -- 3d Bn.
2100 hour --- M/21 to 3d Bn. Submit strength report and stymied loss report. -- CO.
2100 hour --- M/22 to CO. 1st Bn patrols returned no enemy activity in area 172010. -- 1st Bn.
2155 hour --- M/23 to Div. S-3 Report -- S3.
2157 hour --- M/24 to Div. Rod block at 192025 of 24 mines. -- CO.
2316 hour --- M/25 to CO, Status Report  -- 1st Bn.
2325 hour --- M/26 to CO Co A moving in position near blown bridge. -- 1st Bn
2400 hour --- Weather clear and warm, morale excellent, strength 92 Off and 1148 EM.
18 June 1944 [no time] --- M/1 to CO. Situation unchanged. -- 1st Bn.
0655 hour --- M/2 to Div. Estimated loss report -- Captured 0; killed 3; missing 5; wounded, evacuated 12; wounded, not evacuated 0; prisoners 0; outlaws apprehended 0; strength 1240; date. 17 June 1944.
0755 hour --- M/3 to CO. Men to be evacuated by jeep at CP. -- 2d Bn.
0800 hour --- M/4-5-6 to Div. S-2 report all Bns.
0830 hour --- M/.7 to Div. G-2 report. -- CO
0900 hour --- 1st Sgt meeting --- gave out all available info on GRO reports and hosp reports.
2035 hour --- M/8 to CO. Co A CP at 188912, -- 1st Bn
1040 hour --- M/9 to Div. G-4 Report -- S-4
1215 hour --- First mail received, consisted of eight bags of first class.
1245 hour --- M10 to CO. No change in situation. -- 1st Bn.
1300 hour --- CO out to 505 and Force A.
1357 hour --- M/11 to CO.  Co C has enemy position covered with mortar fire, enemy forces estimated at 100.
1400 hour --- CO in.
1328 hour --- M/12 to Force A.  Overlay of troop disposition. -- CO
1525 hour --- CO to 3rd Bn.
1700 hour --- CO in.
1700 hour --- M/13 to S-2.  No activity on opposite bank, installations on Hill 131, conditions unknown. -- S-2 patrol
1745 hour --- CO out to Div cemetery and Bns.
1900 hour --- Memorial Day services at  Div. cemetery. Regt CO attended. Civilian populace placed flowers on all graves.
1900 hour --- M/14.to Force A overlay. -- S-2
1910 hour --- M/15-16 to 1sy and 2d Bns. Overlay, -- S-2
2000 hour --- M/17 to Div. Casualty report -- Med
2100 hour --- Some artillery falling on town.
2200 hour --- Artillery still falling.
2250 hour --- Artillery plane in the air to locate enemy positions.
2330 hour --- Artillery ceased.
2400 hour --- CO still out.
2400 hour --- Weather hazy, morale excellent; strength 1241.
19 June 1944 0039 hour --- CO in.
0100 hour --- M/1 to CO, Estimated loss report -- 1st Bn.
0100 hour --- M/2 to Div.  Area vicinity of CP under enemy 88 mm fire approx 35-40 rounds have fallen, shelling still in progress.
0100 hour --- Corps artillery ;laying covering fire for 325th Glid Inf for river crossing, barrage very intense.

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