THE HERITAGE BATTALION is an informal, unincorporated association formed
around and by the WWII Veterans of the 503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team
who have internet access.
The 503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team Association, World War II,
Inc. ("the Association") has voted democratically that it is to be a "last man
standing" organization. This means that its membership register
is finite, and that the Association will be dissolved upon the death of
its last member.
For that reason, THE 503d PRCT HERITAGE BATTALION
was formed with the intention of surviving the loss of the
last 503d WWII paratrooper. Its purpose is to support, preserve and propagate
all aspects of the heritage of 503d PRCT. In the internet context,
it gathers together materials which might otherwise disappear in the "mists of
time," and makes them available for readers and researchers
Its logo (at the foot of this page) depicts a 503d trooper, with a
canopy in the background appearing like angel wings, floating down
Its role is to make that information available to the
fresh generations such that there will never be an American generation
which cannot readily access and share in the history of the 503d PRCT of
WWII and to promote pride in the 503d Lineage.
At its reunion in Phoenix, 2009, The Regimental
Association 'The 503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team Association,
World War II, Inc.' officially recognized the Heritage Battalion to that
also hope it can continue the patriotic, familial and social
relationships which were formed within the parent Association. To
those, we hope it can add the members of the 503d of other
The Battalion's Roll is open to
everyone who wishes to maintain and preserve the spirit of the 503d PRCT
beyond the passing of its members.
To date, the Heritage Bn has been purely an internet based arrangement,
and we hope that it can progress to become an active social association
which can reflect all those who hold dear those men who served and
sacrificed during the course of WWII.
'em All !
William T. Calhoun ("F Co.")
Donald E. Abbott ("A", "D" & E" Co.)
Bob Flynn (161st Parachute Eng. Co.) (now dec'd)
Francis X. O'Neill ("I" Co.)(now dec'd)
Tony Sierra ("D" Co.)
Chet Nycum ("G" Co.)
Paul F. Whitman (Hons.)
Stephen R. Foster