Award 'Battle Honors' To Four Regiments
WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (AP) --- "Battle Honors" have been awarded to the
8th infantry regiment and the 505th, 507th, and 508th parachute infantry
regiments, the war department announced. In all four cases, the
regiments won their honors at the time of the invasion of Normandy.
The citations describing the actions of these organizations show
that each played a critical part in the initial landings in France, each
secured important objectives against superior enemy forces and remained
in the line for protracted periods of time.
The 8th made the initial landing
on the beaches of the Cotentin peninsula; the 505th cleared an area for
glider landings; the 507th prevented the enemy from reinforcing units
opposing beachhead forces; and the 508th seized an important hill
position between two rivers and fought vastly superior enemy forces for
three days. In addition to these, the citations list a series of
decisive actions successfully completed by each unit.
[Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice, NE, Wed, Sep 27,
1944, Page 3]
Trained At Camp Blanding,
Cited For Invasion Action
The 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, activated and given its earliest
conditioning training at Camp Blanding in 1942. has been cited for
outstanding performance of duty in action on the Normandy beachhead, the
War Department announced.
Known throughout this training center as a "rugged outfit,"
the members of the 508th received an intensive athletic and military
conditioning here before going on to Fort Benning, Ga., for advanced
a member of the Airborne Command, the 508th was activated in October,
1942, and went through the arduous first few months of hardening while
several divisions also were in training here. On Feb. 2, 1943, the
organization went to Fort Benning.
While here the outfit was under the command of Col. Roy E. Lindquist.
The citation was "for outstanding performance of duty in action
against the enemy between June 6 and June 9, 1944, during the invasion
of. France." The regiment landed on the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy,
the long neck of land jutting into the English Channel on which is
located the port of Cherbourg.
fire was directed against the parachutists. The 508th seized Hill 30 in
the dege [wedge?] between the Merderet and Douve Rivers and fought
vastly superior forces for three days. Every member of the organization
fought with determination and initiative, according to the citation, and
prevented large numbers of the enemy from opposing opposing beach
[Fort Lauderdale News, Fort Lauderdale, FA, Thu, Oct 19, 1944, Page 3]