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Chattahoochee County Historical Markers

505th Parachute Infantry

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: 505th Parachute Infantry
  • Location: Eubanks Field on Burr Street, Fort Benning


This marker commemorates the activation on 6 July 1942 of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Frying Pan Area near here. Lieutenant Colonel James M. Gavin was the first commander. Assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in February 1943, the Regiment made four combat jumps and saw battle action in Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany in six campaigns: Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. 505 RCT Association

505 PIR 456 FA Bn. B/307 Engr. Bn. 80 AA/AT Bn. 307 Med. 6 July 1992