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17th Airborne Division
After D-Day the 507th PIR was permanently assigned as a unit of this Division.











507th PIR WW II
Medal of Honor Recipients

Pvt Joe Gandara
Pvt George J Peters








The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
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Presidential Unit Citation

Battle Honors

As authorized by Executive Order 9396 (sec. I, Bul. 22,WD , 1943), superseding Executive Order 9075 (sec. III, WD Bul, 11, 1942), citation of the following unit in General Orders No. 46 Headquarters, First United State Army, 10 August 1944, as approved by the Commanding General, European Theater of Operations, are confirmed under the provisions of section IV, Circular No. 333, War Department, 1943 in the name of the President of the United States as public evidence of deserved honor and distinction.

The citation reads as follows:

THE 507th PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action against the enemy between 6 and 9 June 1944 during the invasion of France.

The regiment landed by parachute shortly after 0200, 6 June on the Cotentin Peninsula, east and west of the Merderet and north of the Douve River, France. Assembly of regimental groups were rapidly effected in the face of attack from mobile German antiairborne groups and fire from all types of weapons.

Elements of the regiment west of the Merderet River engaged vastly superior forces and accomplished primary objectives. They immobilized strong enemy units in the vicinity of Amfreville for a period of 3 days, and prevented them from crossing the Merderet River to reinforce German forces opposing the beachhead landings on the eastern shore of the Peninsula. Other elements of the 507th PARACHUTE INFANTRY prevented German forces from crossing the bridge over the Merderet River near Chef Du Pont and repelled repeated counterattacks reinforced with tanks, mortars, and artillery of all types. Isolated elements in a half-dozen positions forced the enemy to commit disproportionately superior strength for periods up to 3 days and bore the full brunt of every type of weapon and attack utilized by the foe.

The regiment displayed courage of the highest order in every engagement and against bitter and tenacious opposition. Duties were performed unhesitatingly and with determination and aggressiveness in continuous aand unremitting assault.The courage and devotion to duty shown by members of the 507th PARACHUTE INFANTRY are worthy of emulation and reflect the highest traditions of the Army of the United States.

[General Orders No. 76, Washington 25, D.C., 22 September 1944.]

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:                    G. C. Marshall
Chief of Staff

Official:                             J. A. ULIO
Major General
The Adjutant General


books
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
Badsey , Stephen & Chandler, David G (Editor)  Arnhem 1944: Operation "Market Garden" (Campaign No.24) 1993 96p. ISBN: 1855323028
Breuer, William B Geronimo! American Paratroopers in WWII. New York: St. Martin Press, 1989 621 p. ISBN: 0-312-03350-8
D'Este, Carlo  Patton: A Genius for War 1024 pp ISBN: 0060927623
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
Francois, Dominique 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment: A Forgotten Regiment Heimdal (Aug 2002), 120 p. ISBN: 2840481642
Gavin, James M.  On to Berlin : Battles of an Airborne Commander, 1943-1946 ISBN: 0670525170
Golden, Lewis Echoes From Arnhem Penguin ISBN: 0718305213
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
Nordyke , Phil All American All the Way: Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II Zenith Press, April 2005. 880 pgs ISBN: 0760322015
O'Donnell, Patrick K. Beyond Valor  Free Press, 2001, 384 p. ISBN: 0684873842
Ryan, Cornelius  A Bridge Too Far 670p. ISBN: 0684803305
Wildman, John B All Americans 82nd Airborne. Meadowlands Militaria, 6/83 ISBN:091 208 1007
The Center of Military History The War in the Mediterranean: A WWII Pictorial History Brasseys, Inc., 465 p. ISBN:1574881302


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