101st Airborne Division

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................................................... ...Sir Winston Churchill
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Lt Col Hugh A Mozley
Lt Colonel Hugh A. Mozley

Silver Star Recipients
Pvt Rudolph J Dopjera
Cpl Theodore Hanford
Pvt John J Hunter
T/5 Vincent Laino
Pvt Anthony M Varone

Bronze Star Recipients
Sgt Henry J Aper
Cpl Greydon Blunt
!/Lt James C Cox (OLC)
T/5 Angelo J Esposito
Lt/Col Hugh A Mosley (OLC)
Capt Thomas A Norwood
Sgt James F O'Laughlin
Pvt Henry R Ravencraft
Pfc Charles R Singleton


American D-Day (French)

The 326th Airborne Engineer Battalion
Unit History

he 326th Engineers were constituted in the National Army on 23 July 1918 as an element of the 101st Division. The unit was demobilized on 11 December 1918. It was reconstituted on 24 June 1921 as the 326th Engineers (Combat), an element of the 101st Division, in the Organized Reserves and organized in November 1921 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Regiment was divided on 31 March 1942. All Regimental units (less the 2d Battalion) were allotted to the Army of the United States on 15 August 1942. At that time they were redesignated as the 326th Airborne Engineer Battalion (AEB), and were activated at Camp Clairborne, Louisiana. The battalion moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 101st Airborne Division, on 29 Sep 1942. The battalion participated in all division exercises and maneuvers.

Company B Officers pre D-Day (Courtesy - Doug Wilber) After extensive training in the United States, the 326th AEB deployed to England on 5 Sep 1943, from Pier 90, North River, New York. The Ship 294 (HMS Samaria) landed at Liverpool, England, and the battalion moved by train to Basildon Park, near Reading, Berkshire. Under the command of Lt Col John Pappas, the Battalion's training focused on physical conditioning (including long and short marches), firing of weapons, glider loading, glider flights, unit and division tactical exercises.
(picture above right: Officers of B Company, 326th AEB in England prior to D-Day. (^^ Click above Picture to Enlarge ^^) They are (left to right): [1] 2/Lt John M. Mason (killed in Opheusden 7 Oct 1944), [2] 1/Lt Donald H Froemke ( promoted to Captain CO Company B - killed in Opheusden 5 Oct 1944 - (>>Click Here to Read After Action Report<<)), [3] Commanding Officer Captain Jack Rogers (killed outside of Carentan, France in mid June, 1944), and [4] 1/Lt. Ray J Hiltunen (KIA Holland 18 Sept 1944).)

Lt Col John Pappas The 326th AEB participated in the airborne assault into Normandy where Lt Col John Pappas (picture left) was killed in action on 13 June 1944. Major Hugh A Mozley assumed command and led the battalion during Operation Market Garden and the Screaming Eagles heroic stand at Bastogne. For its outstanding accomplishments at Normandy and Bastogne, the Battalion was twice awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. For its contribution to the success of the European War, the Battalion was awarded the French Croix de Guerre (with Palm), the Netherlands Orange Lanyard, and the Belgian Fourragere. The 326th Airborne Engineer Battalion was deactivated in Germany on 30 November 1945.

R E L A T E D   B O O K S

Ambrose, Stephen E D-DAY June 6,1944: The Climatic Battle of WW II. 6/93, Simon & Shuster ISBN: 0671673343
Ambrose, Stephen E Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Simon & Schuster, (June 2001) 336 p. ISBN: 0-743-21638-5
Ambrose, Stephen E Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945. Simon & Schuster, (Nov 1997) 528 p. ISBN: 0-684-81525-7
Badsey, Stephen & Chandler, David G (Editor)  Arnhem 1944: Operation "Market Garden" (Campaign No.24) 1993 96p. ISBN: 1855323028
Bando, Mark A  Avenging Eagles: Forbidden tales of the 101st Airborne in World War 2. Bando Publishing, (2006) 183 p. ISBN: 0977911705
Bando, Mark A  101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy. Zenith Press, (Apr 2001) 156 p. ISBN: 0760308551
Bando, Mark A  Vanguard of the Crusade: The US 101st Airborne Division in WW II. The Aberjona Press, (June 2003) 320 p. ISBN: 0971765006
Black, Wallace B.& Blashfield, Jean F. Battle of the Bulge (World War II 50th Anniversary Series). Crestwood House, 48 pp May,1993 ISBN: 0896865681
Bowen, Robert Fighting With the Screaming Eagles: With the 101st Airborne from Normandy to Bastogne. Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal, (Sept 2001) 256 p. ISBN: 1853674656
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ISBN: 0-312-03350-8

Breuer, William B Unexplained Mysteries of World War II. John Wiley & Sons, Sept 1998 256 p. ISBN:0471291072
Burgett, Donald R Currahee!. Presidio Press, (Sept 1999) 256 p. ISBN: 0-891-41681-1
D'Este, Carlo  Patton: A Genius for War 1024 pp ISBN: 0060927623
De Trez, Michel  American Warriors: Pictorial History of the American Paratroopers Prior to Normandy  July, 1998, D-Day Pub, 212 p. ISBN: 2960017609
De Trez, Michel  Cpl Forrest Guth: E Company 506 PIR 101st Airborne Division (WW II American Paratroopers Portrait Series)  March, 2002, D-Day Pub, 56 p. ISBN: 296001765X
De Trez, Michel  Orange is the Color of the Day: Pictorial History of the American Paratroopers in the Invasion of Holland April, 2004, D-Day Pub, 506 p. ISBN: 2960017633
De Trez, Michel  At the Point of No Return : Pictorial History of the American Paratroopers in the Invasion of Normandy 7/98, D-Day Pub, 200 p. ISBN: 2960017617
Devlin, Gerard S  Paratrooper! St Martin's Press, (P) c1976 ISBN: 0312596529
Gavin, James M.  On to Berlin : Battles of an Airborne Commander, 1943-1946 ISBN: 0670525170
Golden, Lewis Echoes From Arnhem Penguin ISBN: 0718305213
Koskimaki, George E D-Day With The Screaming Eagles Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors, 356 pp September 11, 2002 ISBN: 1932033025
Koskimaki, George E Hell's Highway: Chronicle of the 101st Airborne Division in Holland, September-November 1944 Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors, 453 pp March 1, 2003 ISBN: 193203305X
Koskimaki, George E The Battered Bastards of Bastogne: A Chronicle of the Defense of Bastogne, December 19, 1944 - January 17, 1945 Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors, 484 pp December 1, 2002 ISBN: 1932033068
MacDonald, Charles B  A Time For Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge Wm Morrow & Co (P), 720 p. ISBN: 068151574
McKenzie, John  On Time, On Target Novato, CA: Presidio, May 15,2000. 304 p. ISBN: 089 141 714 1
Ryan, Cornelius  A Bridge Too Far 670p. ISBN: 0684803305
Webster, David Kenyon Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D- Day and the Fall of the Third Reich 352p. ISBN: 0385336497

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