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  Having served its nation with flying colors, the 508th's own colors were temporarily encased as the regiment was inactivated at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on 24 November 1946.
   Many of the men elected to be discharged from the service but many others decided to make the Army their career and continued serving during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.

Final Days?
This photo is believed to have been taken at Camp Kilmer in the days preceding the deactivation of the 508th.  All men are wearing 508th white backgrounds on their jump wings and the French Fourragére can be seen on the uniforms of many.  The CIB, however, appears to be largely absent indicating that the majority had not seen combat.
   Only one individual is identified thus far - Pfc Jose O. Barrena stands 2nd from right in the first row. 
(courtesy Maria Eugenia Barrena)

Home Again
William Blum (2nd fm rt) and unidentified buddies at the Rutgers House, Brunswick, NJ were in the area for the deactivation ceremony
(courtesy William F. Blum, Jr.)

Company E, 508th PIR
Lt Richard W. Durkee, Commanding
most are unidentified except William Blum, (front row, 5th from rt)
(courtesy William F. Blum, Jr.)

Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion
Capt. Malcolm D. Brannen, Commanding
Note that the absence of CIB and various ribbons indicate many men are new to the company.

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Medical Detachment
Capt Herschel Griffin
most are unidentified except Joseph Pitchell (front row, 3rd from right) and Robert Young, (front row, 4th from left)
(courtesy Pitchell family)

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