82nd Airborne Division "All American", U.S. Army

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Abbott, Edgar R. 17-06-1944 
Abraham, Robert "Bob"16-07-191410-03-2004 
Acheson, Robert B.25-01-1912  
Adams, Dale F.25-06-191920-09-1944 
Adams, Donald R.20-02-192020-09-1944more 
Adams, Jonathan E., Jr. "Jock"08-09-191720-09-1984 
Adams, Ronald F., Sr. 07-01-1945 
Albert, Howard 23-12-1943 
Alberts, Phillip 04-02-1945 
Albright, Barry E.08-03-191805-11-1950 
Alexander, Boyd A. 17-09-1944 
Alexander, Mark James23-01-191121-05-2004 
Allen Jr., James W. "Jimmy"05-02-192320-09-1944 
Allen, Francis L. 30-01-1945 
Allen, Harold C.   
Allen, John E. Jr. 20-12-1944 
Altig, Orton Thomas14-01-192306-04-1945 
Amaral, George R. 10-07-1943 
Andreas, Jack 11-07-1943 
Angel, Norman B.   
Aston, William L., Jr.   
Atchley, John E.00-00-192403-01-1945 
Atkins, Joseph E. "Chuck" 21-05-1997 
Atwood, Paul B.   
Auck, Thomas W.22-09-192402-02-1945 
Awarded on: August 22nd, 1944
Action:
Citation:
"Division Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82d Airborne Division, is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action against the enemy between 6 and 9 June 1944 during the invasion of France. The Forward Echelon of Division Headquarters and Headquarters Company landed by parachute and glider on D-day, 6 June 1944, prior to H-hour, on the Cotentin Peninsula in the area surrounding Ste. Mere Eglise, France. The enemy opposed drops and landings with intense antiaircraft fire and immediately surrounded the secured area with mobile antiairborne landing groups which attacked with machine guns, mortars, and artillery. Shortly after 0200, a division command post was established west of Ste. Mere Eglise. Headquarters personnel were augmented by predawn glider elements landing about 0410, and by further gliderborne increments during the day. Headquarters personnel from many gliders, which had landed in areas not secured by parachute troops, fought their way to the Division Command Post, into which they infiltrated during the first 48hours. The Division Staff and Headquarters Company remained in close proximity to the forward lines at all times. During the first 37 hours, enemy action was often not more than a few hundred yards from the command post. The officers and men of Division Headquarters and Headquarters Company labored without rest or relaxation day and night during the first 3 days of the invasion, at times under direct attack by artillery and small-arms, immediately adjacent to active fighting and frequently subjected to bombing attacks directed against it nearby artillery batters. Duties were performed unhesitatingly with utter disregard for personal safety and with superior efficiency and tireless devotion to duty. The courage and perseverance shown by members of the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82d Airborne Division, are worthy of emulation and reflect the highest traditions of the Army of the United States."
Details:
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82d Airborne Division
Cited in War Department General Orders 69, 22 August 1944
Distinguished Unit Citation - Army
Awarded on: October 8th, 1945
Action:
Citation:
"Considering that the 82d Airborne Division of the United States Army, during the airborne operations and the ensuing fighting actions in the central part of the Netherlands in the period from 17 September to 4 October 1944, excelled in performing the tasks allotted to it, with tact, coupled with superior gallantry, self-sacrifice and loyalty; considering also, that the actions of the aforesaid division took place in Nijmegen; have approved and ordered. 1. To degree that the divisional colors of the 82d Airborne Division of the United States shall be decorated with the Military Order of William, degree of the knight of the fourth class; 2. To authorize the division to carry in its divisional colors the name of the town of NIJMEGEN 1944.
Details:
Royal decree no.30
The mentioned division has been permitted to bear the name of the city "Nijmegen 1944" in its Divisional Colors.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82d Airborne Division,
1st Brigade, 82d Airborne Division
Cited in Department of the Army General Orders 43, 19 December 1950.
Ridder vierde klasse der Militaire Willems Orde (MWO.4)
Action:
Citation:
"A crack unit that brilliantly distinguished itself during the dropping of the 82d Airborne Division over France in the night 5-6 June 1944. In spite of the stiff resistance of the enemy and its very heavy losses, it managed by its military qualities and the gallantry of its personnel, to occupy the important position of Saint Mere l'Eglise, thus making possible the success of the landing in strength of the Allied liberating troops."
Details:
With Palme and streamer embroided with "Ste. Mere Eglise".
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82d Airborne Division
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 82d Airborne Division Artillery
Cited in Department of the Army General Orders 43, 19 December 1950
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Action:
Citation:
"A splendid unit, renowned for the gallantry and the spirit of sacrifice of its fighting men. It displayed the finest military qualities during the battle of Normandy. I formed part of the 82d Airborne Division and occupied central road points and river communications commanding the access to the landing beaches of the Cotentin. It sacrificed itself on the banks of the Merderet and the Douve, at Saint Sauveur le Vicomte and at Etienneville from 6 to 20 June 1944, in order to stem at all cost the advance of the German reinforcements which far outnumbered them in strength and fire power. It forced the enemy to remain on the defense, thus permitting the arrival of the main Allied force."
Details:
With palme and streamer embroided with "Cotentin".
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82d Airborne Division
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 82d Airborne Division Artillery
Cited in Department of the Army General Orders 43, 19 December 1950
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Action:
Citation:
"This elite division which had gone with great elan through the campaigns of Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Holland, and France, again distinguished itself particularly in the battle of the Ardennes from 17 to 31 December 1944. Called upon as a reinforcement by the Allied High Command in the evening of 17 December at the time when they were in the vicinity of Reims, the division was able to take up command positions in the region of Werbomont only 24 hours later and this under very climatic conditions. Progressing toward Ambleve and the Salm, the division opened and maintained a corridor for elements of four American divisions which were surrounded in the vicinity of St. Vith, thus giving new courage to the engaged units. The divisions had prevented the enemy from piercing the north flank of the pocket created by the offensive of Von Rundstedt and thus succeeded in saving the city of Liege and its surroundings from a second occupation by the Germans."
Details:
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82d Airborne Division
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 82d Airborne Division
Cited in Department of the Army General Orders 43, 19 December 1950
Vermelding op de Dagorder van het Leger
Action:
Citation:
"After having excelled in defensive warfare at the banks of the Salm and the Ambleve, and having repelled successfully the repeated attacks of the best German shock troops, the 82d Airborne Division with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment attached, in spite of the extreme cold and excessively deep snow, went on the offensive themselves and advanced to the German border, capturing 2,500 German prisoners, including five battalion commanders. This fighting was extremely valorous as the organic composition of the division handicapped the unit considerably, not having at their disposal, as any other Infantry Division would have, heavy weapons to support their attack. During 23 days, under most painful and adverse conditions, the veterans of the 82d Airborne Division did not cease to give a wonderful example of courage and heroism, exemplifying their fighting spirit by several remarkably brilliant actions. By its valor, the division wrote another page in heroic annals of Allied airborne troops and rendered an important service to Belgium and to the Allied cause by establishing the necessary basis for the new pursuit of the enemy toward the Rhine River."
Details:
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82d Airborne Division
Cited in Department of the Army General Orders 43, 19 December 1950
Vermelding op de Dagorder van het Leger
Awarded on: October 6th, 1982
Verzetsherdenkingskruis (VHK)
Action:
Received for taking part in Market Garden.
Details:
Second DUC (PUC) awarded in the form of a bronze oak leaf cluster to be worn on the ribbon of the first DUC (PUC).
Distinguished Unit Citation - Army
Action:
De 82nd Infantry Division received the 'streamer' belonging to this decoration with recognition for taking part in "Sicily", "Naples-Foggia", "Normandy" (with arrowhead), "Rhineland" (with arrowhead), "Ardennes-Alsace" and "Central Europe".
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

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