LINKING THE 2/503's.
To trace the steps necessary to link the Second Battalion of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment with the 2/503, one needs to understand the Company letter designations for the present and former 503rd are different.
The World War II Regiment consisted of the First Battalion including a HQ & HQ Company and three rifle Companies; A, B and C. The Second Battalion included a HQ & HQ Company and three rifle Companies; D, E and F. The Third Battalion included a HQ & HQ Company and three rifle Companies; G, H and I.
The WW II outfit did not have a fourth Infantry Battalion but the 462nd
Parachute Artillery Bn and the 161st Parachute Engineer
Company were assigned to it, forming a Regimental Combat Team.
The WW II outfit did not have a fourth Infantry Battalion but the 462nd Parachute Artillery Bn and the 161st Parachute Engineer Company were assigned to it, forming a Regimental Combat Team.
Linking the Second Battalion of the old 503rd Regiment with the present 2/503 Battalion, the two HQ & HQ Companies would be the same. The new A Company would correspond to the old D Company, the new B Company would correspond with the old E Company and the new C Company with the old F Company.
The Second Battalion, had a distinguished Combat history during World War as did the 503rd Parachute Combat Team as a whole.
The whole Second Battalion jumped
The successful completion of the
Nadzab operation has been said to have been instrumental in saving the
concept of Vertical Envelopment after several far from impressive
operations by other Parachute units in
The Second Battalion had been
slated to jump on
Following the end of fighting on
Noemfoor the Second Battalion, and the rest of the 503rd was
In February 1945 the Regiment was
given the honor of retaking the
The Second Battalion was given the
responsibility of eliminating the enemy in the Western part of the head
The Second Battalion, along with
the remainder of the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team,
returned to its base on
By the end of World War II in
August 1945 the 503rd had incurred some of the most brutal
combat of the War on
During WW II the Second Battalion lost 120 men and Officers killed.
|THE AUTHOR WAS A LT. IN "D" CO. (NADZAB, NOEMFOOR), THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER IN "E" CO. (CORREGIDOR) AND COMPANY COMMANDER OF "A" CO. (NEGROS)||Don Abbott|
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