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The 1st Battalion, 505th
Parachute Infantry Regiment was constituted on 24 June 1942. After training in
Georgia and Alabama, it was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division and arrived at
Fort Bragg in February 1943. In April, the battalion moved to North Africa in
preparation for the invasion of Sicily. At the completion of the invasion of
Sicily, the unit was airlifted back to North Africa to await further orders.
The unit made its second
combat jump at Salerno, Italy, in September after the Allied amphibious landings
at Salerno bogged down. After assisting in the liberation of Naples, the unit
was moved by ship to Ireland in November to train for the invasion of Europe. In
February, the unit moved to England and stood ready for its third combat jump.
On 6 June 1944, the battalion
jumped into the Normandy area of France in the vicinity of Ste. Mere-Eglise as
part of the D-Day invasion, "Operation Overlord." Although the battalion was
scattered on the jump, troopers assembled and accomplished all assigned tasks.
After clearing German troops from the area, the battalion moved to England in
July to await its next mission. The fourth combat jump came in September at
Groesbeek, Holland, as part of "Operation Market Garden" to capture bridges over
the Maas River and the Waal Canal. After serving two months in the Dutch
countryside, the unit was moved back to France in November. The rest was
short-lived, because in December, the 82d was thrown into the Ardennes region of
Belgium to help defeat the German counter-offensive of the now famous Battle of
the Bulge. In February, the battalion returned to France, but in April was
called back to action as the German war machine was close to complete collapse.
V-E Day was 8 May 1945. In July, the 82d moved to Berlin for occupation duty,
and in January 1946 returned home to a ticker tape parade in New York City.
In 1959, the battalion was
assigned to the 8th Infantry Division in Europe. In 1963, the battalion retuned
home to Fort Bragg and the 82d Airborne Division. In 1965, the battalion
deployed to the Dominican Republic to evacuate US personnel and restore order
after a leftist insurrection.
In February 1968, the battalion deployed as part of the 3d Brigade to Vietnam to help counter the Tet Offensive. In December 1969, the battalion once again returned to Fort Bragg. The battalion's next call to arms occurred in October 1983, when we deployed to Grenada as part of "Operation Urgent Fury."
The 3d Brigade deployed the lst
Battalion (Airborne), 505th Infantry to the Middle East in March 1982 as the
first United States member of the multi-National Forces and Observers (MFO)
rotation in the Sinai. 1-505 PIR returned home in August 1982 from the most
important peacekeeping mission in history.
On 15 August 1990, the
battalion was sent to "draw the line in the sand" in Saudi Arabia as part of
"Desert Shield". "Operation Desert Storm" began on 24 February 1991 as the
battalion seized Tallil Airfield in Iraq. The battalion returned to Fort Bragg
in April 1991. The 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment stood ready
for another combat jump on 18 September 1994 as part of "Operation Restore
Democracy" in Haiti. Aboard the aircraft and poised to fly to Haiti, the
airborne assault was aborted when the civilian leaders of Haiti chose a peaceful
transition to democracy rather than face the paratroopers of the 82d Airborne
The battalion deployed in January 1997, to the Republic of Panama for "Operation Jungle Warrior" and returned to Fort Bragg in May 1997. Our mission in Panama was to defend the Panama Canal and be prepared to respond to other regional contingencies. The 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment exists today as it has in the past - maintaining the high standards and traditions of the American paratrooper.
The most recent deployment came in
early July 2002, elements of the 3rd Brigade deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan to
replace air assault troops of the 101st Airborne. 1st
Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment departed Fort Bragg to