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Categories: MILITARIA, MWB, WWII
Published on: July 29, 2016

 

THE ANGELS 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISI

WWII 11th Airborne Paratrooper 187 Korean 1ST Cav Mobile Vietnam Collection

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THESE AIRBORNE TROOPERS LIKE A BAND OF FOREST GUMPS WITHOUT THE GUMPS TRAVELED AN INNOVATIVE ROAD AND ALONG THE WAY CREATED, INNOVATED, APPROXIMATED, DEVASTATED , FOUGHT AND PACIFIED ALL OPPOSITION IN THEIR PATH.

FROM THE PACIFIC T0 OPERATION OCCUPATION JAPAN TO SPECIAL KOREAN WAR AIRBORNE COMBAT UNIT TO LEBANON AND VIETNAM TO DESERT STORM AND Bosnia-Herzegovina TO 9-11 AND IRAQ FREEDOM TO AFGHANISTAN

THE 11TH WAS FIRST TO ENGAGE & DEFEAT A JAPANESE PARATROOPER INVASION AND CAPTURE THEIR STANDARD AND FLAG…. WHICH TODAY RESIDES AT WEST POINT

<TO THE WWII DARING RAID & RESCUE OF 2000 MEN WOMAN & CHILDREN DURING THE LOS BARIOS INTERNMENT CAMP COVERT RESCUE MISSION ….

“I doubt that any airborne unit in the world will ever be able to rival the Los Banos prison raid .It is the textbook airborne operation for all ages and all armies.
GEN. COLIN POWEL

IT WAS THESE PARATROOPERS WHO, AFTER THE DISASTROUS AIRBORNE DROPS INTO NORTH AFRICA AND SICILY, WHEN GEN. EISENHOWER WAS SET TO END THE 101ST AND 82ND AIRBORNE AS INDEPENDENT DIVISIONS BEFORE D-DAY, PERFORMED AN ACT OF ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT TURNED THE HEADS OF MILITARY LEADERS ACROSS THE GLOBE AND AND ALLOWED FOR THE 101ST AND 82ND TO BE .. AND BE PART OF D DAY

BY WAY OF PARACHUTE, GLIDER & HELICOPTER, AS WELL AS BY GROUND, BEACH, DESERT, MOUNTAIN & JUNGLE INVASION, THE 11TH RACKED UP THE HONORS.

THESE BRAVE DEDICATED PARATROOPERS DID MORE THAN WIN BATTLES, THEY CREATED THE FUTURE OF MOBILE WARFARE –AN ENTIRELY NEW MEANS OF ENGAGEMENT –AND CHANGED THE FACE OF MODERN WARFARE, A METHOD OF WARFARE THAT THE MODERN AMERICAN SOLDIER WOULD FOREVER WAGE LONG PAST THEIR OWN FUTURES.

The 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (“Rakkasans”) made their first of two combat jumps during the Korean War on 20 October 1950 at Sunchon and Sukchon. The missions of the 187th were to cut the road north going to China, preventing North Korean leaders from escaping from Pyongyang; and to rescue American prisoners of war. At month’s end, UN forces held 135,000 KPA prisoners of war.

The 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team’s (“Rakkasans”) second of two combat jumps was on Easter Sunday, 1951, at Munsan-ni, South Korea, codenamed Operation Tomahawk. The mission was to get behind Chinese forces and block their movement north. The 60th Indian Parachute Field Ambulance provided the medical cover for the operations, dropping an ADS and a surgical team and treating over 400 battle casualties apart from the civilian casualties that formed the core of their objective as the unit was on a humanitarian mission.

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THE VERY CREATIONS AND METHODS OF THESE AIR MOBILE/ASSAULT TACTICS & OPERATIONS WOULD BE PROVEN BY THE SAME DIVISIONS THAT CREATED THEM AND THEN, THROUGH THEIR OFF SPRING, WOULD PROVE THEM IN THE FIELD DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, WHEN THE 11TH ONCE AGAIN MORPHED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE U.S. MILITARY BY LEADING AND DOMINATING THE BATTLE FIELDS AS THE:


The 1ST CAVALRY AIR-MOBILE DIVISION
&

The
101st AIRBORNE 506th 3rd BATTALION
[ The 11th 187th Reg. 3 Bat. Iron Rakkasans]
THE MOST DECORATED AIRBORNE BATTALION

 

THIS NEW 1ST CAVALRY AIRMOBILE/AIRASSAULT DIVISIONS WOULD INTRODUCE HELICOPTER WARFARE INTO THE NAM ..

WHILE THE 11TH 187th REGIMENT 3RD BATTALION OF IRON RAKKASANS AS THE 3rd BATTALION OF THE 506 PIR 101ST AIRBORNE BATTALION WOULD

Emerge from the Vietnam War as the Nations Most Highly Decorated Airborne Battalion!

The Iron Rakkasans would battle in twelve major campaigns, conducting numerous air assaults and search and destroy missions. During a mission in March of 68 >Captain Paul W. Bucha, commander of D Company, received the Congressional Medal of Honor when he crawled through a hail of fire to single-handedly destroy
a machine gun bunker with grenades near Phuoc Vinh, Vietnam. When the battalion colors returned to Fort Campbell the unit had distinguished itself by earning two Valorous Unit Awards, and its third and fourth Presidential Unit
Citations for the battles of Trang Bang and Dong Ap Bia Mountain “Hamburger Hill

INTRODUCING THE

11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION


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THE FOLLOWING OFFER CONTAINS HISTORIC FACTS THAT WILL BE PART OF YOUR COLLECTION. THEY WILL BE PACED WITH ALL PICS INTO THE 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION MILITARY WATCH BOX APPRAISAL.

THOUGH WE COMPACTED THE 11TH AB/D HISTORY AS BEST AS WE COULD, IT REMAINS A MASSIVE UNDER TAKING; FURTHER FACTS YET ABOUND ON THE INTERNET AND I AM SURE YOU WILL READ THEM.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, AT EVERY CROSSING FROM 1944 THROUGH 2010, THE 11TH AND IT’S OFF SPRING CARRIED THE DAY.

INCLUDED IN THIS GROUPING IS A UNIFORM JACKET, GEAR, PATCHES, PINS, MEDALS, WATCHES, MAPS, PHOTOS, MAPS DVD, CD, AND A WWII PICTURE ALBUM, WE ALSO INCLUDED A LARGE FRAMED REPRINT OF THE JAPANESE SURRENDER..

…. ALONG WITH A COPY OF AN ITEM GENERAL MACARTHUR COMMENTED AND ALSO RAGED THE LACKING THEREOF [AS TOLD IN “15 STARS”].. A COPY OF A “PACIFIC INTELLIGENCE POST CARD”

INTELLIGENCE POST CARDS WERE INTELLIGENCE MAPS REDUCED TO POSTCARD SIZE .SUCH AS ONE WE RECENTLY OFFERED OF THE PHILIPPINES WITH DRAWINGS OF OF ALL AXIS/ALLIED SHIPS, INFO UNDER THEM, THEN THE ISLANDS WITH INFORMATION AS TO LOCATIONS, BEACHES, AREAS, AND OTHER KEY INFORMATION.

 

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“THE AIRBORNE DIVISION THAT PROVED PURPOSE”

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AS TO THIS 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION MWB, WE HAD A “PUSH” IN CREATING IT . WHILE LOOKING FOR WWII 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION MEMORABILIA FOR A WWII BOX, WE CAME ACROSS AN INVESTMENT IN MILITARY ITEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION. THIS INVESTMENT INCLUDED A WATCH, TIMER, COOK STOVE, MESS KIT, UNIFORMS, MEDALS BADGES PICTURES AND OTHER SAME MEMORABILIA.

THEN WE BEGAN TO READ THE MOST INCREDIBLE MILITARY HISTORY EVER. WE THEN WONDERED WHY THE 11TH MEMORABILIA WAS SO RARE! WE FIGURED IT OUT. SIMPLE. NO ONE TRULY TOLD THE STORY AS IT WAS. JUST BITS AND PIECES. AND WHILE “BAND OF BROTHERS” BECAME DINNER TALK, THE ELEVENTH WALLOWED IN THE DUSK.. WE HOPE THE LUCKY COLLECTOR/HISTORIAN WHO SECURES THIS WONDERFUL MWD COLLECTION WILL USE IT TO TELL THEIR STORY:

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TAKE TIME TO READ THE INCLUDED HISTORY OF THIS 11TH AB MWB

THE 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION IS PICTURED AND WRITTEN IN AIRBORNE HISTORY AS HAVING PARTICIPATED AND CONTRIBUTED TO THE MOST IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS AND EVENTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY OF MODERN AIRBORNE WARFARE.

DUE TO THE FACT THEY PROVED THE VALUE OF AIRBORNE DIVISIONS, THE 101ST AND 84TH, THOSE BAND OF BROTHERS, WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO JUMP INTO D DAY EUROPE AND THEIR OWN HISTORY.

THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE PACIFIC WAR EFFORT, SPECIFICALLY AS THE HAMMER THAT DROVE THE JAPANESE TO DEFEAT, GEN MACARTHUR WOULD WADE ASHORE, ONCE MORE TO HIS BELOVED PHILIPPINES. WHICH WOULD LEAD “THE MAC” TO SELECT THE 11TH TO SPEAR HEADING THE OCCUPATION AND RE-BUILDING OF JAPAN.

IN FACT, ONCE AGAIN, THE 11TH WOULD BE THE ONLY AIRBORNE DIVISION EVER TO GO TOE TO TOE IN BATTLE AGAINST A JAPANESE AIRBORNE OPERATION, DEFEATING THEM IN A FEROCIOUS BATTLE CAPTURING THEIR FLAG WHICH NOW IS DISPLAYED IN THE WEST POINT MUSEUM.J .

THEY WOULD THEN SERVE IN KOREA BEFORE BEING SELECTED TO INVENT THE AIR ASSAULT DIVISION THAT WOULD COMBINE THE LEGENDARY HEROISM OF THE PARATROOPER WITH THE HORSE OF THE 20TH CENTURY, THE HELICOPTER.

THIS “INVENTION” WOULD CONTINUE WITH VALOR INTO THE PRESENT 21ST CENTURY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.

EVEN THEIR WITNESSING OF AN ATOMIC BOMB TEST WAS IN REALITY ANOTHER AIRBORNE TESTING!

THE 11TH SERVED IN THE PACIFIC. THEY SERVED IN KOREA, THEY SERVED IN JAPAN AND THE WOULD SERVE IN VIETNAM AS WHAT THEY HAD CREATED, THE 1ST CAVALRY ASSAULT DIVISION .

THE 11TH DID MORE FOR THEIR BAND OF BROTHERS THAN ANY OTHER PARATROOPER DIVISION IN THE WORLD

 

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I doubt that any airborne unit in the world will ever be able to rival the Los BaNos prison raid . It is the textbook airborne operation for all ages and all armies.Colin Powell

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Gen. Douglas MacArthur and staff land
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Leyte, 20 October 1944.

HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION, THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN INDEPENDENT US OR BRITISH AIRBORNE DIVISIONS AFTER THE SICILIAN INVASION.

THE 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENDING JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF THE PHILIPPINES & FREEING CAPTIVES OF ONE OF THE LOS BANOS INTERMENT CAMP, DEFEATING A JAPANESE AIRBORNE BATTLE AND CAPTURING THEIR FLAG, WHILE GAINING BACK AMERICAN PRIDE AND SHORTENING THE PACIFIC WAR.

AS REWARD FOR THE 11TH’S ACTIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES, Gen MacArthur PERSONALLY CHOSE THE 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION TO LEAD THE AMERICAN FORCES THAT WOULD OCCUPY JAPAN, HE ALSO CHOSE MEMBERS OF THE 11TH AS HIS PERSONAL GUARD; AND INSURED THAT ELEMENTS OF THE 11TH WOULD OCCUPY HOKKAIDO JAPAN – THE VERY HOKKAIDO SOVIET RUSSIA COVETED.

IN EARLY 1950, THE 187 PIR, 11TH AB, CALLED THE RAKKASANS [JAPANESE FOR FALLING DOWN UMBRELLA] PARTICIPATED IN THE LARGEST PEACETIME AIRBORNE MANEUVER IN HISTORY ,”OPERATION SWARM”. THE PERFORMANCE OF THE 187PIR WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE 187 PIR BEING SELECTED TO FORM AN AIRBORNE REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM TO ENTER THE KOREAN CONFLICT [WAR].

THE 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION PARTICIPATED IN AN ATOM BOMB TEST.

THE 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION WERE CHOSEN TO DEVISE STUDY AND CREATE THE FIRST “AIR ASSAULT” CONCEPT, UTILIZING HELICOPTERS AND NEW TACTICS.THE “11TH AIR ASSAULT” [TEST] DIVISION WOULD EVENTUALLY BECOME THE 1ST CAVALRY DIVISION [VIETNAM].

THE 11TH WERE THE FIRST EVER TO BE AWARDED –AND GRANTED PERMISSION TO WEAR — THE FIRST AIR ASSAULT BADGE.

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IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS A BOX IT WAS VOID OF ANYTHING AND THE HISTORIAN SAID “LET THERE BE SOME COOL WWII STUFF” AND THERE WAS NO COOL WWII STUFF? AND THEN THE HISTORIAN SAID OH, *?#H!, I GOTTA BUY SOME COOL STUFF! AND AFTER 6 MONTHS THERE WAS COOL WWII STUFF!

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Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone served in the
511th Parachute Infantry Regiment. of11th Airborne Division, in the

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11th Airborne
The 11th Airborne (“Angels”) was a United States Army airborne division that included one parachute and two glider infantry regiments and supporting troops. After rigorous training throughout 1943, the 11th would play its most important role of WWII: proving to Supreme Allied Commander General Eisenhower that Airborne Troops were viable by being the key participants in the Knollwood Maneuver.

The Knollwood Maneuver was organized to determine the viability of large-scale American airborne formations following what was a disappointing performance during the Allied invasion of Sicily.

During the first half of 1944, the 11th were held in reserve until June of 1944, when they were transferred to the Pacific Theater of Operations for intense training and acclimatization, November of 1944 they were combat-ready and shipped to the Philippines.

In a traditional infantry role, the 11th Airborne saw action in November on the island of Leyte, and then participated in invasion of Luzon where two glider infantry regiments operated as conventional infantry, securing a beachhead before fighting their way inland.

The parachute infantry regiment was held in reserve for several days before conducting the division’s first airborne operation, a combat drop on the Tagaytay Ridge, where, reunited, the division participated in the Liberation of Manila, while two companies of divisional paratroopers conducted an audacious raid on the Los BaƒÂ±os internment camp, liberating two thousand civilians.

The 11th Airborne’s last combat operation of World War II was in the north of Luzon around Aparri, in aid of combined American and Philippine forces who were battling to subdue the remaining Japanese resistance on the island.

On 30 August 1945 the division was sent to southern Japan as part of the occupation force. Four years later it was recalled to the United States, where it became a training formation. One parachute infantry regiment was detached for service in the Korean War, but on 30 June 1958 the division was inactivated.

It was briefly reactivated on 1 February 1963 under the new name of the 11th Air Assault Division (Test), to explore the theory and practicality of helicopter assault tactics, before being finally inactivated on 29 June 1965.

The division’s personnel and equipment were transferred to the newly-raised 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

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NEW 187TH REGIMENT [Iron Rakkasans] ADDED TO MWB OLDER “EOUND ORIGINAL PATCH IS FURTHERBELOW
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IT IS WAS THERE JUST TO MEASURE FOR
5 CAVALRY PATCHES WE ARE MOUNTING

WHAT WOULD THIS TRIBUTE BE WITHOUT THE MEDALS!

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1946 WWII VICTORY MEDAL

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THE VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM SERVICE & NATIONAL
DEFENSE RIBBONS WE ARE ADDING
LATER 11TH ITEMS TO HONOR
THE DIVISION
THESE ARE IN THE BOX
NOT BE ON THE IKE JACKET

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1945 BRONZE STAR
The US Congress approved the Bronze Star Medal
for every infantryman who earned the CIB.

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RIBBONS

WE ADDED NATIONAL DEFENSE & VIETNAM SERVICE MEDALS & RIBBONS AS WELL AS THE FIRST EVER ****AIR ASSAULT BADGE MOBILE ASSAULT BADGE AND 1ST CAVALRY AIRMOBILE BADGE ARE PART OF AS PART OF OVERALL HISTORY OF THE 11TH

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THE AIR ASSAULT DI REPRESENTS THE CHANGE FROM 11TH AIRBORNE [PARATROOPER] DIVISION TO THE 11TH AIR ASSAULT DIVISION [PRELUDE TO VIETNAM AIR CAVALRY] IN WHICH THE 11TH ACTUALLY DEVELOPED THE TECHNIQUES AND PROGRAM AND WERE THE FIRST TO PROVE THE USE OF HELICOPTERS AND ASSAULT TROOPS IN VIETNAM, AND WERE THE FIRST EVER TO WIN AND BE GRANTED TO WEAR THE FIRST AIR ASSAULT BADGE. THE 11TH AIR ASSAULT WOULD BECOME THE 1st CALVARY DIVISION.

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PATCHES ON UNIFORM & SHIRT ARE WWII ERA INCLUDING BOTH UNIT PATCHES

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OPERATION HUSKY

On July 10, 1943, Operation Husky began as the first Allied operation towards the defeat of Germany in Europe. The invasion of the island of Sicily would include the first introduction of airborne paratroopers.

Afterwards, Allied Supreme Commander, General Eisenhower, stated:

I do not believe in the airborne division. I believe that airborne troops should be reorganized in self-contained units, comprising infantry, artillery, and special services, all about the strength of a regimental combat team … To employ at any time and place a whole division would require a dropping over such an extended area that I seriously doubt that a division commander could regain control and operate the scattered forces as one unit.General Eisenhower

Eisenhower had reviewed the airborne role in Operation Husky and concluded that large-scale formations were too difficult to control in combat to be practical. Eisenhower believed, rather than Airborne Divisions, there should be small compact units assigned to existing infantry regiments; such as a specialty group that would be used in small operations, like 20 troopers dropped to protect the flank of a unit.

Gen. Leslie J. McNair, the overall commander of US Army ground forces, also had similar misgivings: once an airborne supporter, he had been greatly disappointed by the performance of airborne units in North Africa and more recently Sicily.

However, other high-ranking officers, including General George Marshall and British Field Marshal Montgomery [who participated in the Sicilian Invasion] believed otherwise. Marshall persuaded Eisenhower to set up a review board and to withhold judgement until the outcome of a large-scale maneuver planned for December 1943.

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HEAVY DUTY MAGNETIC CLOSURE FRONT OPENING
MILITARYWATCHBOX

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Knollwood Maneuver

As a result of General Eisenhower’s belief that AIRBORNE TROOPS WERE NOT A BATTLEFIELD OPTION, the 11th Airborne, as the attacking force, was assigned the objective of capturing Knollwood Army Auxiliary Airfield near Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

The force defending the airfield and its environs was a combat team composed of elements of the 17th Airborne Division and a battalion from the 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment. The entire operation was observed by Army Ground Forces commander Lt. Gen. McNair, who would ultimately have a significant say in deciding the fate of the parachute infantry divisions.

The Knollwood Maneuver took place on the night of 7 December 1943, with the 11th Airborne Division being airlifted to thirteen separate objectives by 200 C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft and 234 Waco CG-4A gliders.

The transport aircraft were divided into four groups, two of which carried paratroopers while the other two towed gliders. Each group took off from a different airfield in the Carolinas. The four groups deployed a total of 4,800 troops in the first wave. Eighty-five percent were delivered to their targets without navigational error, and the airborne troops seized the Knollwood Army Auxiliary Airfield and secured the landing area for the rest of the division before daylight.

With its initial objectives taken, the 11th Airborne Division then launched a coordinated ground attack against a reinforced infantry regiment and conducted several aerial re-supply and casualty evacuation missions in coordination with United States Army Air Forces transport aircraft. The exercise was judged by observers to be a great success. McNair, pleased by its results, attributed this success to the great improvements in airborne training that had been implemented in the months following Operation Husky.

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WWII
SIGNED
GALLET TIMER
WITH A TON OF TRENCH ART & I MEAN EVERYWHERE!

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WE HAVE OVER 100 TIMERS IN STOCK. MANY INSCRIBED, WITH TRENCH ART AND BADGES ATTACHED. SOME OF THEM ARE SPECIAL GALLET TIMERS. THIS IS A SPECIAL GALLET. I HAVE TOO MUCH TO LIST SO I WILL PROVIDE JUST SOME IMPORTANT DETAILS OF THE HISTORY OF GALLET AND WWII AND A NOTE TO SAY, EVERY LANDING CRAFT ON D DAY HAD A GALLET TIMER!

GALLET is the worlds oldest watch and clock making house with history dating back to Humbertus Gallet, a clock maker who became a citizen of Geneva in 1466. The Gallet & Cie (Gallet & Company) name was officially registered by Julien Gallet (1806 1849) in 1826, who moved the family business from Geneva to La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Prior to this date, operations commenced under the name of each of the family patriarchs.

Gallet is best known during the 20th century to the present day for its line of MultiChron chronograph wristwatches. Produced primarily for military, industrial, and other professional applications, Gallet MultiChron watches often incorporated a number of advanced timekeeping innovations.

A Gallet timepiece of particular renown was the Flight Officer time zone chronograph. Commissioned by Senator Harry S. Truman in 1939 for pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, the Flight Officer (a.k.a. Flying Officer) had a rotating 12 hour bezel and the names of 48 major world cities printed on the periphery of the dial (face). These features made it possible to calculate changes in the time as an aviator flew across lines of longitude. Besides being the first time zone calculating wristwatch, the Flight Officer was one of the world first wrist chronographs to be housed in a water resistant case. Truma

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Artillery & Task Timer (1915) – 30 minute timer manufactured by Gallet for the British military during World War One. British Ministry of Defense “Broad Arrow” markings on reverse. Decimal Artillery Timer (1943) – decimal reading stopwatch manufactured by Gallet, used on Tank landing Ship #13 during the D-Day Invasion of Normandy Pilot’s or Cockpit Timer (1914) – watch with timer manufactured by Gallet Electa for the British military during World War One. British Ministry of Defense “Broad Arrow” markings on reverse.
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Occurrence Timer (1936) – custom manufactured by Gallet for the US Geological Survey, used for measuring duration’s of seismic activity and other natural phenomena NYCRR Pocket Chronograph (1916) – pocket watch with timer manufactured by Gallet for rail road conductors and engineers of the New York Central Rail Road US Navy Pocket Chronograph (1914) – high quality timer manufactured by Gallet under the Jerome Park name for the United States Navy during World War One.

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MINT CONDITION… IF SOME 11TH AIRBORNE TROOPERS HAD NOT SPENT THEIR SPARE TIME PERFORMING TRENCH ART! A HD-A GALLET 60 SECOND TIMER FEATURING THE PATENT J BRIDGE MOVEMENT & SIGNED BY U.S. IMPORTER JULES RACINE OF THE GALLET’S FAMILY

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YES, THE INTERIOR, RIM AND MOVEMENT ARE ALSO TRENCHED UP AND DATED. YOU CAN SPEND A FEW HOURS JUST READING IT. EVEN THE INNER DUST MOISTURE HINGED BACK REVEALS MORE OF SAME, SOME LOOK TO BE DIVISIONAL INFO. EVEN THE BALANCE COCK IS IS INSCRIBED, AGAIN, SOME OF THIS IS DIVISION APPLIED INFO

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Battle of Leyte 1
Following the Knollwood Maneuver the 11th Airborne remained in reserve until January 1944, when it was moved by train from Camp Mackall to Camp Polk in Louisiana. After four weeks of final preparation for its combat role, in April the division was moved to Camp Stoneman, California, and then transferred to Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, between 25 May and 11 June. From June to September the division underwent acclimatization and continued its airborne training, conducting parachute drops in the New Guinea jungle and around the airfield in Dobodura. During this period, most of the glider troops became parachute-qualified making the division almost fully Airborne. On 11 November the division boarded a convoy of naval transports and was escorted to Leyte in the Philippines, arriving on 18 November. Four days later it was attached to XXIV Corps and committed to combat, but operating as an infantry division rather than in an airborne capacity. The 11th Airborne was ordered to relieve the 7th Infantry Division stationed in the Burauen-La Paz-Bugho area, engage and destroy all Japanese forces in its operational area, and protect XXIV Corps rear-area supply dumps and airfields

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Battle of Leyte 2
Maj. Gen. Swing ordered the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR) to guard the rear installations of XXIV Corps, while the 188th GIR was to secure the division’s rear and conduct aggressive patrols to eliminate any enemy troops in the area. The 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) was assigned the task of destroying all Japanese formations in the division’s operational area, which it began on 28 November when it relieved the 7th Infantry. The 511th PIR advanced overland with two battalions abreast and the third in reserve, but progress proved slow in the face of fierce Japanese resistance, a lack of mapped trails, and heavy rainfall (with more than twenty-three inches (60 cm) falling in November alone). As the advance continued re-supply became progressively more difficult; the division resorted to using large numbers of Piper Cub aircraft to drop food and ammunition. Several attempts were made to improve the rate of advance, such as dropping platoons of the 187th GIR from Piper Cubs in front of the 511th PIR to reconnoiter, and using C-47 transport aircraft to drop artillery pieces to the regiment’s location when other forms of transport, such as mule-trains, failed.

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WWII
11th A/B SIGNED
RADIUM DIALED
POCKET WATCH

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THIS NOTE: WRIST WATCH IS BEING CHANGED TO
ANOTHER AWESOME PIOECE

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THE INSCRIPTION IS ACTUALLY CUT INTO THE BAKELITE SOME COLORING WAS ADDED. THE WATCH WAS A CHEAP BUY WITH PINNED NO JEWEL MOVEMENT THAT WOULD EXPLAIN THE INSCRIPTION MET. NOTE THE BREAK IN BAKELITE NEAR CROWN

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THIS PIN LEVER ESCAPEMENT MOVEMENT POCKET WATCH IS A GENUINE GIFT TO A 11TH A/B MEMBER,

NOTE THAT THIS WATCH WINDS AND RUNS IT WAS A KEEPSAKE AND OUTLASTED BOTH GIVER AND RECIPIENT

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Battle of Leyte 3

On 6 December the Japanese tried to disrupt operations on Leyte by conducting two small-scale airborne raids. The first attempted to deploy a small number of Japanese airborne troops to occupy several key American-held airfields at Tacloban and Dulag, but failed when the three aircraft used were either shot-down, crash-landed or destroyed on the ground along with their passengers. The second, larger, raid was carried out by between twenty-nine and thirty-nine transport aircraft supported by fighters; despite heavy losses, the Japanese managed to drop a number of airborne troops around Burauen airfield, where the headquarters of 11th Airborne Division were located. Five L-5 Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft and one C-47 transport were destroyed, but the raiders were eliminated by an ad hoc combat group of artillerymen, engineers and support troops led by Maj. Gen. Swing.


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AIRBORNE PARATROOPER
SIGNED M-1943
SUMMER ISSUE DUST GOGGLES

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101ST AIRBORNE MEDIC WEARING
M1943/ M1944 DUST GOGGLE ON HIS HELMET

THE US GOVERNMENT BEGAN ISSUING DUST GOGGLES IN 1943 FOR PARATROOPERS. THEY WERE NOT DESIGNED TO BE WORN WHILE JUMPING, RATHER FOR TRANSPORTATION AS PROTECTION AGAINST DUST WHEN TRAVELING ON TRANSPORTS AFTER LANDINGS.

I HAD THREE PAIRS, ONE ISSUED IN 1943 IN THE MEDIC MWB, AND THIS SET ISSUED FOR THE NORMANDY SUMMER INVASION IN 1944. THIS PAIR WAS ISSUED IN 1943.

THE TINTED VERSION WAS FOR FOR SUMMER WEAR. UN-ISSUED SETS CAN BE DISCOVERED TODAY AND THERE ARE COUNTERFEITS FROM CHINA.

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Battle of Leyte 4

The 511th PIR was reinforced by the 2nd Battalion, 187th GIR, and continued its slow but steady progress. On 17 December it broke through the Japanese lines and arrived at the western shoreline of Leyte, linking up with elements of the 32nd Infantry Division. It was during this period that Private Elmer E. Fryar earned a posthumous Medal of Honor when he helped to repel a counterattack, personally killing twenty-seven Japanese soldiers before being mortally wounded by a sniper. The regiment was ordered to set up temporary defensive positions before being relieved on 25 December by the 1st Batt., 187th GIR, and the 2nd Batt., 188th GIR, who would themselves incur considerable casualties against a heavily dug-in enemy. The 511th PIR was reassembled at its original base-camp in Leyte on 15 January 1945.

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FRAMED WWII PICTURES

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JAPAN SURRENDERS
AIRBORNE COMBAT JUMP
WWII PACIFIC FRONTIER MILITARY INTELLIGENCE REPORT

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I AM SURE MOST OF YOU HAVE WITNESSED A SIMILAR PHOTOGRAPH. THIS IS FROM THE ORIGINAL NEGATIVE THIS IS A PHOTO HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC FROM 1945. THERE WERE 15 DIFFERENT REPORTS THAT WERE PHOTOGRAPHED
AND DISTRIBUTED. ANOTHER 50 WERE ACTUAL REPORTS THAT WERE DISTRIBUTED AS THE BATTLES RAGED IN THE PACIFIC. CHECK OUT OUR TARAWA MILITARY WATCH BOX.AN EXCELLENT COMBAT JUMP PHOTOGRAPH. THIS FRAMED PIECE WILL COMPLETE THIS MILITARY WATCH BOX COMMEMORATING THE 11TH AIRBORNE
ALONG WITH THE UNIFORM AND ACTUAL LARGEST BOX WE OFFER WILL SURELY TAKE UP SOME WALL SPACE AND THIS HISTORY AS OUTLINED HEREIN ALONG WITH THE CD OF THE 11TH

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Battle of Luzon 1

On 22 January the division was placed on alert for an operation on the island of Luzon, to the north of Leyte. Five days later the 187th and 188th Glider Infantry Regiments were embarked for Luzon by sea, while the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment flew by C-46 Commando transport aircraft to Mindoro. At dawn on 31 January the 188th GIR led an amphibious assault near Nasugbu, in southern Luzon. Supported by a short naval barrage, A-20 Havoc light bombers and P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft, a beach-head was established in the face of light Japanese resistance. The regiment moved rapidly to secure Nasugbu, after which its 1st Battalion advanced up the island’s arterial Highway 17 to deny the Japanese time to establish defenses further inland. The 2nd Battalion moved south, crossing the River Lian and securing the division’s right flank. By 10:30 elements of the 188th had pushed deep into southern Luzon, creating the space for the 187th GIR to come ashore. The 188th’s 2nd Battalion was relieved and the regiment continued its advance, reaching the River Palico by 14:30 and securing a vital bridge before it could be destroyed by Japanese combat engineers.
Map of the Philippines showing the island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

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THIS MWB IS ONE OF THE BEST MWB EVER CREATED BY ROCK! AN AWESOME COLLECTION AND TRIBUTE TO U.S. AIRBORNE TRADITION. YET WHAT WOULD THIS OFFER BE IF AN 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION CD WITH 300 FULL SIZE PICS WAS NOT INCLUDED?

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CLICK FOR A GALLERY PREVIEW OF THE INCLUDED
11TH AIRBORNE CD WITH 130 FULL SIZE PAGES
1943-1944 MEMBERS,REGIMENTS,CARTOONS,
MASCOTS, TRAINING,SOCIAL ACTIVITIES, FIELD
OPERATIONS, GLIDER OPERATIONS, JUMPS
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ROCK JUST PAID 50.00 BUCKS FOR THIS AWESOME 1945 PHOTO ALBUM THE PICTURES BELOW WILL BE PLACED IN THE ALBUM. AND THEN YOU CAN GO TO WALMART AND THEY CAN PRINT THE ONES YOU WANT OFF THE 300 PIC CD!

 

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THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM IN THIS ALBUM TO ADD A LOT OF PHOTOS
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THE BACK COVER REQUIRED REPAIR

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ROCK USED GLUE AND SCREWS TO MAKE REPAIR PERMANENT

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BEFORE WASHING OFF EXCESS GLUE

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WILL CUT EXCESS

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REPAIR PERFECT

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TIED DOWN

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AWESOME RELIEF

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US PLANES

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STUNNING DESTROYER

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TANKS

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EXCELLENT NEAR MINT CONDITION EXCEPTING REPAIR TO BACK COVER

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BONUS
Bob Hope & Dolores Hope on a USO Tour in 1944

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BONUS
MARILYN MONROE
Marilyn Monroe visits American troops in Korea

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AWESOME SOUTH PACIFIC PHOTOS

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ALL ABOUT THE PACIFIC WITH PICTURES THAT LAY CLAIM TO INDIVIDUAL HISTORIES

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FROM LAUNCH AND INVASION TO AFTER THE BATTLE

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FROM THE BEACH TO THE JUNGLES – A PICTURE STORY OF THE PACIFIC WAR

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FROM INDIGENOUS GUERILLA TRIBES IN THE PHILIPPINES TO THE SURRENDER OF JAPAN

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WE DID NOT PLAN TO USE THE DISPLAY MWB TO HOLD ALBUM

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BUT- IF YOU LIKE – IT WILL FIT WITHOUT HARMING OBJECTS OF DISPLAY
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Battle of Luzon 2

Following Highway 17 to Tumalin, the regiment began to encounter heavier Japanese resistance. At midnight the 187th took over the lead and the two glider infantry regiments rested briefly before tackling the main Japanese defensive lines. These consisted of trenches linked to bunkers and fortified caves, and were manned by several hundred infantry with numerous artillery pieces in support. At 09:00 on 1 February the glider infantry launched their assault, and by midday had managed to break through the first Japanese position; they spent the rest of the day conducting mopping up operations. On the morning of 2 February the second line was breached, and by midnight the 188th had broken a third. The divisional reconnaissance platoon was now in the vicinity of Tagaytay Ridge, the intended site of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment’s first combat drop.

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Battle of Luzon 3

The 511th’s airborne operation had originally been scheduled for 2 February, but with Major General Swing’s insistence that the drop was only to go ahead if his ground forces were in range to offer support, the dogged Japanese resistance encountered delayed the operation. With only forty-eight C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft available, the 511th was forced to deploy in three waves. The regimental staff, the 2nd Battalion and half of the 3rd Battalion would drop first, the rest of the regiment would arrive in the second lift, and the 457th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion would drop in the third.

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Battle of Luzon 4

At 03:00 on 3 February the troops of the first lift entered their transport planes, and at 07:00 the first transports left Mindoro. Protected by an escort of P-61 Black Widow night fighters, on arriving over Luzon they followed Highway 17 to Tagaytay Ridge. The ridge itself was an open space some two thousand yards (1,829 m) long and four thousand yards (3,657 m) wide, plowed in places, and had been largely cleared of Japanese troops by local Filipino guerrillas. At 08:15 the first echelon of the first lift, approximately 345 men, successfully parachuted into the drop zone. The second echelon, consisting of approximately 570 men, were dropped prematurely and landed about eight thousand yards (7,315 m) to the east. The next lift also encountered problems, with 425 men dropping correctly but another 1,325 dropping early due to pilot error and poor jump discipline. However, the entire regiment was assembled within five hours of the first landings. After overcoming minor Japanese resistance, by 15:00 the 511th had made contact with the 188th and 187th, and the entire division was once again assembled as a single formation. The ridge having been cleared of its remaining defenders, the division began to advance towards Manila, reaching the Paranaque River by 21:00. The city was protected by the Genko Line, a major Japanese defensive belt that stretched along Manila’s southern edge. The line consisted of approximately 1,200 two- to three-story deep blockhouses, many of which emplaced naval guns or large-caliber mortars. Entrenched heavy anti-aircraft weapons, machine-gun nests and booby-traps made of naval bombs completed the defenses, which were manned by around 6,000 Japanese soldiers.

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SUPERIOR MAGNETO PARATROOPER WRIST COMPASS

TWO MODELS WERE UTILIZED. THE Sup. Mag. and the Taylor versions, The magnetic needle is triangular and broad on the Taylor whereas the SUP MAG’s needle is thin and straight. On the Taylor the arrow point for the marching course on the plastic crystal is filled with paint from above, while it is very thin and painted from under the crystal on SUP MAG.

Technical Data – Diameter: 58 mm – Depth: 20 mm – Weight: 60 gr (with strap) – Divisions: 360, clockwise – Color: brownish-red Side view of the crown:

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Battle of Luzon 5

The 11th Airborne Division was ordered to breach the Genko Line and drive into Manila, where it would link up with other American forces attacking the city from the north. All three regiments were committed to the assault. Spearheading the division’s attack on 5 February, the 511th overcame fierce resistance and broke the crust of the Japanese position, but was soon relieved by the 188th. As the glider regiment took up the push westwards in the face of heavy opposition, the 511th changed their axis of advance and attempted to move into the city from the north. By 11 February, the division had penetrated as far as Nichols Field, an airfield that formed the center of the Genko Line. This was heavily fortified with a number of entrenched naval guns and a series of bunkers; after a short artillery bombardment on the morning of 12 February, the 187th’s 2nd Battalion attacked the airfield’s north-west corner while the 1st Battalion and the entire 188th regiment moved in from the south and south-eastern corners. This pincer movement succeeded in taking the airfield and, despite a local counter-attack, by nightfall the position was secured. The following day the division thrust towards Fort William McKinley, the headquarters of Rear Admiral Iwabuchi, commander of the Japanese defenders on Luzon. It was during this advance that Private First Class Manuel Perez Jr. neutralized several Japanese bunkers which were impeding the division’s progress, capturing one single-handedly and killing eighteen Japanese soldiers. PFC Perez was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Battle of Luzon 6
On 15 February, the 1st Battalion of the 187th, alongside other American units, launched an attack on Mabato Point. This was an extremely heavily fortified position featuring the same defensive measures as the Genko Line, and it would take six days of hard fighting, multiple airstrikes, and the frequent use of napalm and heavy artillery, before the point was secured. Meanwhile, having taken heavy casualties on its approach to Fort McKinley particularly when the Japanese detonated a quantity of buried naval depth chargeson 17 February the rest of the 11th Airborne Division assaulted the fort. The 511th led the break-in, and by 18 February the area had been cleared of its defenders. Sporadic fighting continued in Manilla until 3 March, when all organized Japanese resistance ended.

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Ruptured Duck

The Discharge Pin or Patch was issued to honorably discharged soldiers and was worn above the right breast pocket. The main purpose of this patch was that once discharged, a soldier cannot wear his uniform. With a shortage of clothing, most vets would have to wear their uniforms, the discharge patch allowed them to travel without being questioned by officers, police, and others. It told the world you were no longer in the service. It also allowed for discounts in travel. it was called the ruptured duck from the way the eagle looked!

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Raid at Los BaƒÂ±os 1
2000 INMATES

Paratroopers of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment prepare to board transport aircraft for their raid on the Los Baos internment camp, 22 February 1945.

Civilian prisoners had been detained by the Japanese on Luzon, mostly in internment camps scattered throughout the island. The largest of these was located on the campus of the Agricultural College of the Philippines at Los Baos, some forty miles (64 km) south-east of Manila. General Douglas MacArthur had tasked the 11th Airborne Division with rescuing the Los Baos internees on 3 February, but the division’s ongoing combat operations around the Genko Line left it unable to divert any resources at that time. All that could be accomplished during February was to gather information, primarily through liaison with the guerilla groups operating in Southern Luzon and around Los Baos.

Maj. Gen. Swing and his command staff were briefed daily by the officer working with the guerilla groups, Major Vanderpool. From the guerillas and a few civilians that had escaped the camp, Vanderpool established that it was surrounded by two barbed-wire fences approximately six feet tall. Several guard towers and bunkers dotted its perimeter, each containing at least two guards. Prisoners left each morning under armed guard to gather food supplies and firewood from a nearby town. Vanderpool was informed that the camp’s population consisted of American civilians in three distinct groups: Protestant missionaries and their families; Roman Catholic nuns and priests; and professional workers such as doctors and engineers, and their families. The latter group included several hundred women and children.

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COLEMAN 520 PATENT

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TROOPERS UTILIZING COLEMAN STOVE: THOUGH THE BURNER HAS A SHIELD
THIS DUG OUT FURTHER PROTECTED THE TROOPERS BY KEEPING FLAME HIDDEN

COLEMAN MADE TWO MODEL OF THE 520 MILITARY STOVES

THE MILITARY VERSION 520 HAD FOLD OUT LEGS AND SHIELD AROUND THE BURNER

In 1941, the U.S. government tasked Coleman to develop a lightweight, compact stove, no larger than a quart-sized thermos bottle, with ability to burn any kind of fuel, and operate in weather from -60 to +125 Fahrenheit. The stove had to be,.Within 60 days, Coleman came up with the Model 520 Coleman Military Stove. The stove first saw service in November 1942 when 5,000 of the stoves accompanied U.S. forces during the invasion of North Africa. Over 1 million of the stoves were produced for war use, where it won high praise in the field: Ernie Pyle ranked it “just behind the JeepPin its usefulness. The 520 has fold out legs on the base, a shield around the burner.

Coleman would produce a civilian version designated the Model 530 at the end of the war. It was advertised as the G.I. pocket stove; Th‚¬Å“perfect pal for hunting, fishing and camping trips½ that would slip easily into a hunting coat pocket, glove compartment of a car, or corner of picnic hamper. The single-burner G.I. Pocket Stove was manufactured between 1946 and 1949; afterwards Coleman did not manufacture another single-burner, non-military backpacking stove until 1972. Larger single-burner stoves continued production starting with the 500 Sportster.

The stove must first be pressurized by using the small hand-pump on the fuel reservoir. After pumping, the control valve is opened one-quarter turn to allow the pressurized fuel to begin to flow through the vaporizer to the burner head, where it is ignited using a match or lighter. Once the flame burns steadily for about 2 to 3 minutes, the control valve is opened as far as possible. The size of the flame depends on the amount of pressure in the tank, which must be re-pressurized periodically using the hand pump.

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YOUR GENUINE WORKING WWII FIELD USED COLEMAN

This Coleman stove is the first model 520, and, perhaps, one of only 1000 made in 1941. It has a nickel plated brass tank and brass fittings and is signed IN LARGE FANCY FONT, ON TANK, “U.S. COLEMAN 1941”. The FINAL model 1942 MODEL 520 would have very little brass, it’s tank and fittings were steel.

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MAN, LOTS OF STUFF FROM LAST BUY

U.S. 1941 COLEMAN

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THIS BABY WORKS

HAD EXTRA JET

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BRASS HOLDER AND JET

FOLDING FEET WITH SCREW/NAIL HOLES

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BLACK ROUGH MAKE ART SHOW

LOS BARIOS- Hokkaido -PHILIPPINES ANGELS.

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ALL PARTS WORK

BLACK ROUGE MAKES THE ART SHOW

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I BELIEVE 12 SIGNATURES

BOTTOM HAS WWII SERVICE NUMBER

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HAS WWII SERVICE NUMBER THAT CONFORMS TO AIRBORNE. NAMES INCLUDING “MAC”
AS IN BIG MAC-ARTHUR THERE IS PIR 187 AND OTHER CARVINGS

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Raid at Los Banos
On 20 February, Maj. Gen. Swing was finally able to release sufficient troops for a raid on the Los Baos camp, and a four-phase plan was devised by Major Vanderpool and the divisional staff officers. The divisional reconnaissance platoon would travel across a nearby lake and move to the outskirts of the camp, securing a large adjacent field as the drop zone for a company of paratroopers. Having landed, the paratroopers would eliminate Japanese resistance in the area, secure the camp, and prepare for its evacuation. Fifty-four amphibious Amtracs would transport two additional companies of paratroopers to the lake shore, where a beachhead would be established while the Amtracs continued to the camp to evacuate its occupants. Simultaneously, a task force consisting of a reinforced infantry battalion, two battalions of heavy artillery and a tank destroyer battalion would advance down Highway 1 towards Los Baos to interdict any Japanese attempts to interfere.

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11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION
187TH GLIDER INFANTRY REGIMENT
MESS KIT WITH TRENCH ART

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BLACK ROUGH MAKES THE ART SHOW ALL ABOUT THE ANGELS & THE 11TH

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Raid at Los Ba..
assisted by a group of guerrillas, on the night of 21 February the divisional reconnaissance platoon made their way to the lake and collected ten canoes. Despite navigational difficulties, the platoon came ashore near Los Baos at 02:00 the following morning, and after securing the paratroopers’ drop zone, concealed themselves in the jungle near the camp. During the afternoon B Company of the 1st Battalion, 511th PIR was transferred to the airfield from which they would be deployed, while the rest of the battalion rendezvoused with the Amtrac convoy. At 07:00 on the morning of 23 February, B Company took off in ten C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft, arriving over their drop zone shortly afterwards. As the first paratroopers landed, the reconnaissance platoon and the supporting guerilla fighters opened fire on the camp’s defenses, using Bazooka rounds to penetrate the concrete pillboxes, and then entered the camp to engage its garrison. The paratroopers soon joined the battle, and by 07:30 the Japanese guards had been overcome and the internees were being rounded up and readied for evacuation. At the lakeshore the 511th’s other two companies had secured their beachhead, and the convoy of Amtracs reached the camp without incident. Priority during loading was given to the women, children and wounded; some of the able-bodied men walked alongside the Amtracs as they returned to the beach. The first evacuation convoy left the camp at approximately 10:00, with B Company, the reconnaissance platoon and the guerrillas remaining behind to provide a rearguard. By 11:30 all of the civilians had been evacuated, and at 13:00 the Amtrac convoy returned for the rearguard, with the last paratroopers leaving the beach at approximately 15:00. Meanwhile on Highway 1, the taskforce that had been deployed to protect the operation met heavy Japanese resistance and suffered several casualties, but was able to block Japanese forces that advanced on the camp, before retreating back to American lines. The raid had been a complete success, liberating 2,147 civilians.

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Yucca Flat, Nevada 1951
Members of the 11th Airborne Division stare as a bomb cloud surges upward. They were told to kneel or sit so the blast wouldn&#8217;t knock them down.
ATOMIC BOMB TEST AT YUCCA FLAT, NEVADA

In 1951, Members of the 11th Airborne Division were selected to witness the explosion of an advanced atomic hydrogen bomb. In the above is a photo, told to kneel or sit so the blast would knock them down, members of the 11th Division [note The Side Helmet Regiment Markings] LOOK TOWARDS the bomb cloud as it surges upward.

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Southern Luzon and Aparri 1

On the day that the Los Baos internees were freed, the headquarters of Sixth United States Army assigned the 11th Airborne Division the task of destroying all Japanese formations in southern Luzon, south of Manila. The bulk of the division moved south the following day, with the 187th GIR and the 511th PIR advancing abreast. The 188th GIR was detached from the main advance by Maj. Gen. Swing; it was to eliminate all Japanese units still operating in the Pico de Loro hills along the southern shore of Manila Bay. These forces belonged to the 80,000-strong Shimbu Group, one of three groups of the Japanese Fourteenth Area Army under General Tomoyuki Yamashita. It would take until the end of April for the 11th Airborne Division often acting in conjunction with Filipino guerillas and elements of the 1st Cavalry Division½to subdue the Shimbu Group. Conducting combat operations was extremely difficult in the mountainous terrain, and many Japanese units elected to fight to the death rather than surrender. However, all organized resistance in southern Luzon ended on 1 May, when the division captured Mount Malepunyo near the city of Lipa. The 11th Airborne established a base centered around the former Japanese airstrip on the outskirts of Lipa, the runway of which was lengthened by the 127th Engineering Battalion to accommodate C-47 transport aircraft. Once the engineering work was completed, the division’s combat troops participated in several refresher-training courses.

 


Southern Luzon and Aparri 2
The 11th Airborne’s next operation took place on 23 June in the province of Aparri in northern Luzon. By this time the only Japanese forces remaining on the island were positioned to the far north and belonged to the 52,000-strong Shobu Group. This last of General Yamashita’s three groups proved to be the most tenacious, forcing Lieutenant-General Walter Krueger, commander of the Sixth United States Army, to commit four infantry divisions, an armored task force, and a large band of guerillas. While these forces pinned down the Japanese, the 37th Infantry Division began an advance northwards, defeating a weaker formation and encircling the main Japanese force. To ensure the success of the 37th’s drive, Krueger called for an airborne force to land near Aparri and move southwards to meet the advancing 37th.

 

Southern Luzon and Aparri 3

The 11th Airborne Division was to drop a battalion-sized combat team on Camalaniugan Airfield, approximately ten miles (16 km) south of Aparri. It would then advance southwards, eliminating all Japanese resistance, until it linked up with the leading elements of the 37th Infantry Division. To accomplish this Maj. Gen. Swing formed a special unit…“Gypsy Task Force…“comprising the 1st Battalion of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, G and I Companies of the regiment’s 2nd Battalion, an artillery battery from the 457th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, and a platoon of engineers and miscellaneous signal and medical detachments. Gypsy Task Force would be transported by fifty-four C-47 Skytrain and thirteen C-46 Commando aircraft, as well as six Waco CG-4A Gliders which would land jeeps and supplies for the task force. On 21 June, a detachment of pathfinders from the division was flown in to secure Camalaniugan Airfield, and two days later the transport aircraft carrying the troops of Gypsy Task Force were escorted by fighters to the area. At 09:00 the pathfinder detachment set off colored smoke to mark the drop-zone, but fierce winds and uneven ground around the airfield proved hazardous to the parachutists, causing two deaths and seventy injuries during the drop. Despite these casualties the force was rapidly concentrated, and began its advance southwards. Japanese resistance was stiff, forcing the airborne troops to rely on flamethrowers to eliminate bunkers and fortifications along their route. After three days of fighting and having eliminated a significant portion of Shobu Group, the task force encountered the lead elements of the 37th Infantry Division. Although Shobu Group would continue its resistance until September, its encirclement marked the 11th Airborne Division’s final combat operation of the war

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187 PIR CAPTURING THE JAPANESE AIRBORNE FLAG

The 11th Airborne Division landed on Bito Beach, Leyte in the Philippines On November 18th, 1944, in relief of the 7th Infantry Division. The 187th PIR, under Colonel Harry D Hildebrand, were charged with guarding the rear installation around Bito Beach.

The Japanese, who decided to throw off the US forces by seizing the San Pablo Air Strip, mounted their only Airborne Operation Against US forces in WW II by jumping the San Pablo airstrip on Leyte.

Realizing that the attack was on, General Swing ordered a counterattack and rushed the 187th forward from Bito Beach. During the battle the 1st Battalion of the 187th captured the Japanese paratroopers flag which hangs today in the West Point Museum.

Meanwhile, the 2nd Battalion of the 187th under the command of Lt Col Arthur H Wilson Jr reinforced the 511th.

Two days after Christmas the 187th moved to attack the Japanese positions at Anonang on two steep parallel ridges. The second ridge became known as Purple Heart Hill because of the large contingent of glidermen killed and wounded while taking it.

After two days of ferocious fighting the ridge was seized.

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Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation by order of the South Korean government & retroactively authorized
to every unit of the United States Army which had deployed to Korean Peninsula between 1950 and 1954.

While serving as occupation forces, the 187th received the title “Rakkasan” from the Japanese which literally translated means “Falling Down Umbrella”. In April 949, the Rakkasans returned to the United States with the 11th Airborne Division and settled into then Camp Campbell, Kentucky.

In early 1950, the Rakkasans participated in the largest peacetime airborne maneuver in history, “Operation Swarmer”. The Performance of the Regiment during this maneuver was instrumental in the Regiment being selected to form an airborne regimental combat team to enter the Korean conflict.

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USAF C-54 Skymaster, [AIRBORNE TROOP CARRIER] division
the of the type used to airlift the 11th Airborne Division into Japan

Legend has it that when the 1st Cavalry Division, whose motto is “1st in Manila, 1st in Tokyo” arrived in Tokyo,
they were met by the 11th Airborne Division band. The band played a special song for the Cavalry;
“The old gray mare ain’t what she used to be”.

Occupation of Japan.

General MacArthur made plans to use the 11th Airborne Division in the invasion of Japan; it was to remain as Sixth Army’s operational reserve, to be committed if required. However, with the end of hostilities in the Pacific Theater shortly after the detonation of two nuclear weapons over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the division was instead selected by General MacArthur to lead the American forces that would occupy Japan.

The divisional staff received orders to this effect on 11 August 1945, and the division was transported to Okinawa on 12 August; an operation that involved 99 B-24 Liberator bombers, 350 C-46 Commando and 150 C-47 Dakota transport aircraft to airlift 11,100 men, 120 vehicles and approximately 1.16 million pounds (530,000 kg) of equipment.

The 11th Airborne remained on Okinawa for several weeks before, on 28 August, it was ordered to land at Atsugi Airfield outside of Yokohama, on the main Japanese home island of Honshu.

Its instructions were to secure the surrounding area, evacuate all Japanese civilians and military personnel within a radius of three miles (5 km), and finally occupy Yokohama itself. A large number of C-54 Skymaster transport aircraft were made available, with the firstcarrying Swing and his divisional stafflanding at Atsugi Airfield at 06:00 on 30 August.

It took a week to fully assemble the division, and by 13 September it had been joined by the 27th Infantry Division, which was airlifted into Japan at the same time. The 11th Airborne Division was later moved from Yokohama to northern Japan, and established camps along the coast of Honshu and on the island of Hokkaido.

LET US NOT FORGET THEY FOUGHT IN WWII, OCCUPIED JAPAN, WERE THE INLY AIRBORNE GROUP TO JUMP IN THE KOREAN WAR

The 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (“Rakkasans”) made their first of two combat jumps during the Korean War on 20 October 1950 at Sunchon and Sukchon. The missions of the 187th were to cut the road north going to China, preventing North Korean leaders from escaping from Pyongyang; and to rescue American prisoners of war. At month’s end, UN forces held 135,000 KPA prisoners of war.

The 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team’s (“Rakkasans”) second of two combat jumps was on Easter Sunday, 1951, at Munsan-ni, South Korea, codenamed Operation Tomahawk. The mission was to get behind Chinese forces and block their movement north. The 60th Indian Parachute Field Ambulance provided the medical cover for the operations, dropping an ADS and a surgical team and treating over 400 battle casualties apart from the civilian casualties that formed the core of their objective as the unit was on a humanitarian mission.

THEN WE CAN ATTRIBUTE “I LOVE THE SMELL OF NAPALM IN THE MORNING” FOR VIETNAM…

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INCLUDED CIB MARKSMAN MASTER PARACHUTIST GLIDER

Badges Are Genuine WWII Period
Those Issued In Sterling Silver Are In Fact Sterling Silver
Those Issued Nickel Or Nickel Plated Are Not Silver

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Sterling Combat Infantryman’s Badge

The CIB was awarded to any Enlisted Infantryman who “Being personally present, and under hostile fire, while serving in assigned, primary infantry or special forces duty in a unit actively engaging the enemy in ground combat.” saw combat. The CIB is worn on the Left Breast, above the ribbons. In 1947, the Congress approved the Bronze Star Medal for every infantryman who earned the CIB .

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STERLING ARMY MARKSMAN BADGE
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RIFLE BAR
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“M” BAR

The United States Army and the Civilian Marksmanship Program award the Army’s Marksmanship Qualification Badge to Enlisted Soldiers, U.S. Civilian, and foreign military personnel who qualify at three different qualification levels (highest to lowest): Expert, Sharpshooter, and Marksman. Suspended from the badge are qualification clasps that indicate the type of weapon the individual has qualified to use.

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Master Parachutist Badge
With 3 Bronze Combat Stars

To be eligible for the Master Parachutist Badge, an individual must have been rated excellent in character and efficiency and have met the following requirements:

  1. Participated in a minimum of 65 jumps including twenty-five jumps with combat equipment to consist of normal TOE equipment, including individual weapon carried by the individual in combat whether the jump was in actual or simulated combat. In cases of simulated combat the equipment will include water rations (actual or dummy), ammunition (actual or dummy), and other essential items necessary to sustain an individual in combat. Four night jumps must also be made during the hours of darkness, one as jumpmaster of a stick. Five mass tactical jumps must be made which culminate in an airborne assault problem with a unit equivalent to a battalion or larger; a separate company/battery; or an organic staff of regimental size or larger. The individual must fill a position commensurate with their rank or grade during the problem.

  2. Either graduated from the Jumpmaster Course of the Airborne Department of the Infantry School or the Jumpmaster School of a separate airborne battalion or larger airborne unit, or infantry divisions and separate infantry brigades containing organic airborne elements, including the U.S. Army Alaska Jumpmaster Course, or served as jumpmaster on one or more combat jumps or as jumpmaster on 33 non-combat jumps.

  3. Have served on jump status with an airborne unit or other organization authorized parachutists for a total of 36 months (may be non-consecutive).

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The Glider Badge was a qualification badge of the United States Army. According to the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry, the badge was awarded to personnel who had “been assigned or attached to a glider or airborne unit or to the Airborne Department of the Infantry School; satisfactorily completed a course of instruction, or participated in at least one combat glider mission into enemy-held territory

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Reactivation “11th Air Assault Division

In the early 1960s, the United States Army began to explore alternative means by which it could conduct future conflicts, and one of the many ideas from the United States Department of Defense was the concept of helicopter assault. To investigate this concept’s feasibility, the 11th Airborne Division was reformed on 1 February 1963 as a test-bed formation, and renamed the 11th Air Assault Division (Test). This was done on the recommendation of the U.S. Army Tactical Mobility Requirements Board, also known as the ‘Howze Board’ after its president Lieutenant General Hamilton H. Howze.

INCLUDES THE 1ST CAVALRY DIVISION IN VIETNAM
250 MINUTES OF ACTUAL LIVE FOOTAGE
ON A BOXED 3 DVD SET

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1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

the 11th was reincarnated as a “light” division, capable of rapid deployment via air force or army aircraft, thereby completely recreating the organizational structure it had possessed when deactivated. Elements of its original combat units the 187th Airborne Infantry, the 188th Airborne Infantry and the 511th Airborne Infantry were also reformed under the new 11th Air Assault Division .

For the next two years, the 11th Air Assault Division developed and refined air assault tactics and the equipment required to operate effectively in the role. The 187th and 188th tested helicopters during various exercises, ranging from command and control maneuvers to scouting, screening and aerial re-supply, to assess their ability to perform as combat aircraft.

However, the division was inactivated for the final time on 29 June 1965, with its personnel and equipment being merged with the 2nd Infantry Division to form the newly-raised 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

The colors of the 1st Cavalry Division, at that time assigned to Korea, were transferred to Fort Benning, while those of the 2nd Infantry Division were moved to Korea.

ALL FOUR ASSAULT BADGES ARE INCLUDED

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1ST

11th COMBINATION

1) THE FIRST
Air Assault Badge [ABOVE CENTER] was first awarded in early 1964 and only authorized for wear by soldiers within the 11th [airborne] Air Assault Division..

2) TRAINING
Troopers/Soldiers were taught and tested to be knowledgeable of aircraft safety procedures; they had to be familiar with aircraft orientation; proficient in hand and arm signals and combat assault operations; able to prepare, inspect and rig equipment for external sling loads; and able to lash down equipment inside helicopters.

3) WHO WORE THE FIRST AIR ASSAULT BADGE
The Air Assault Badge was worn in the early 1960s by qualified troops of 11th Airborne / Air Assault Division .

4) AWARDING OF THE AIR ASSAULT BADGE
Qualification required that troops meet all the criteria of #2 above and then make three helicopter rappels from 60 feet (18 m) and three from 120 feet (37 m).

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ORIGINAL BADGE PART OF11TH MWB BOX

CURRENT AWARD

Awarded to any member of the United States Army who satisfactorily completes an air assault training course in accordance with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Standardized Air Assault Core Program. Also, any Vietnam Vet who served in air mobile/assault may apply for retroactive AWARD AT ANY TIME.

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11th Airborne Commanders


MG Joseph M. Swing………….02-1943……….02-1946
BG Frank Dorn…………………..02-1943………..06-1946
MG Joseph M. Swing………….06-1946……….01-1948
MG William M. Miley…………..01-1948………..01-1950
MG Lyman L. Lemnitzer…….. 01-1950……….11-1951
MG Wayne C. Smith…………..11-1950………..01-1952
MG Ridgely Gaither……………02-1952………..04-1953
MG Wayne C. Smith…………..05-1953……….05-1955
MG Derrill McDaniel……………06-1955……….09-1956
MG Hugh P. Harris…………….10-1956………..04-1958
MG Ralph Cooper………………05-1958……….06-1958 Div. Inactivated
MG Harry W. O. Kinnard……. 1963………… 1965 1st CAVALRY VIETNAM

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1960-1972 South
South Vietnam Service Award

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NOTE THIS PATCH IS A WWII
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THESE HAVE REPLACED IT

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11TH AIRBORNE TEST ASSAULT
SHOULDER PATCH

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US Army 11th Airborne Division Pin /

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1965 Vietnam
11th Airborne 187th Regiment 3rd Battalion
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11TH CONTRIBUTED TO
101ST 82ND 1ST
CAVALRY
AFGHANISTAN IRAQ VIETNAM LEBANON KOREA WWII

The Iron Rakkasans emerged from the Vietnam War as the countrys most highly decorated airborne battalion.

The 187th Infantry nicknamed the “Rakkasans” as of 2012, the 1st Battalion 187th Infantry, the 3rd Battalion 187th Infantry and 1st Squadron 33rd Cavalry are active in the 101st Airborne’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

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The regiment was originally constituted as the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment on 12 November 1942, and activated on 25 February 1943 at Camp Mackall, North Carolina. It was originally a two battalion glider regiment assigned to the 11th Airborne Division, and trained both as glider and parachute troops. They would serve in the Pacific Theater commanded by Gen MacArthur participating in the Liberation of the Philippines as well as several special operations that included a victorious battle with a Japanese Airborne unit and the liberation of Los Barios Interment Camp.

The 187th served as a major element of the Japanese occupation.

The Rakkasans of the 187th was selected as the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (ARCT) arriving in Korea about a week after Douglas MacArthur’s surprise landing at Inchon on 23 September. and placed under the operational control of the First Marine Division, in relief of the 2d Battalion of the 7th Marine Regiment.

The 187th led the second and last parachute assault in Korea on 23 March 1951(Operation Tomahawk).

On the 24 May 1952 the 187th assisted in the suppression of the prisoner rebellion at the Geoje POW Camp ( Koje Pow Camp ) where Korean prisoners forcibly seized and held camp commandant Brigadier General Francis Dodd for 4 days.

The unit returned the United States in July 1955 and, the following year, became part of the newly reactivated 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY

When the 11th was re-flagged as the 24th Infantry Division, the 1st ABG, 187th Inf was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division in Germany from 1 March 1957 to 1 July 1958, During its assignment to the 24th it was involved in the Lebanon intervention. On 8 February 1959 it was relieved from the 24th, rotated back to the United States and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC.

The colors were redesignated on 1 February 1963 as HHC, 3d Battalion, 187th Infantry, assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) at Fort Benning, GA, and activated on 7 February 1963 and it’s colors inactivated on 25 May 1964 and consolidated with the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry as an element of the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) at Fort Benning, GA.

The 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment served as a test unit to validate the Army airmobile concept. It was relieved from the 11th on 1 February 1964 and the colors were assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. There was no transfer of troops or equipment; instead, the existing œ187th at Fort Benning was
reflagged

The Iron Rakkasans would move back to Fort Campbell, Kentucky in February 1964, to serve as part of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.

In 1965 the 11th Air Assault Division and 2nd Infantry Division were combined to form the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), during which time the elements of both the 11th and 2nd were reflagged with new designations.

In December 1967, 3rd Battalion deployed to Vietnam alongside 1st and 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment.

Over the next four years the Iron Rakkasans fought in twelve major campaigns, conducting numerous air assaults and search and destroy missions. During one such mission in March 1968 Captain Paul W. Bucha, commander of D Company, received the Congressional Medal of Honor when he crawled through a hail of fire to single-handedly destroy a machine gun bunker with grenades near Phuoc Vinh, Vietnam.

The Iron Rakkasans emerged from the Vietnam War
as the country¢â‚¬â„¢s most highly decorated airborne battalion.

When the battalion colors returned to Fort Campbell the unit had distinguished itself by earning two Valorous Unit Awards, and its third and fourth Presidential Unit Citations for the battles of Trang Bang and Dong Ap Bia Mountain “Hamburger Hill

These patches are part of this 11th AirBorne MWB
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1st Air Cavalry Long
Range Reconnaissance
Patrol

1st Cavalry Division
KHE SANH 1968
1st Cavalry Division
1965 – 1971 Vietnam
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1965 Organization of the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile
[Vietnam]

The division next fought during the Vietnam War. No longer a conventional infantry unit, the division had become an air assault division as the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), commonly referred to as the 1st Air Cavalry Division, using helicopters as troop carriers. In 1965, colors and subordinate unit designations of the 1st Cavalry Division were transferred from Korea to Ft. Benning, Georgia, where they were used to reflag the existing 2nd Infantry Division and the 11th Air Assault Division (Test), which were merged into single unit with the designation of 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Concurrently, the colors and subordinate unit designations of the 2nd Infantry Division were transferred to Korea to reflag what had been the 1st Cavalry Division. Shortly thereafter, the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) began deploying to Camp Radcliffe, An Khe, Vietnam. The division, along with the 101st Airborne Division, perfected new tactics and doctrine for helicopter-borne assaults over the next five years in Vietnam. All aircraft carried insignia to indicate their battalion and company.

Prior to deployment to Vietnam, the unit lost 18 soldiers when two of its UH-1D helicopters collided during training operations on June 18, 1965 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following deployment, the unit’s first major operation was the Pleiku Campaign. During this action, the division conducted 35 days of continuous Airmobile operations. The opening battle, the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, was described in the book We Were Soldiers Once…And Young, which was also the basis of the subsequent Mel Gibson film We Were Soldiers. The unit also earned the first Presidential Unit Citation (US) presented to a division during the Vietnam War.

Most of 1967 was spent in Operation Pershing. This was a large scale search of areas in II Corps, where 5,400 enemy were killed and 2,000 captured. The division redeployed to Camp Evans, north of Hue in the I Corps Tactical Zone, during the 1968 Tet Offensive, involved in recapturing Quang Tri and Hue. After intense fighting in Hue, the division then moved to relieve Marine Corps units besieged at the Khe Sanh combat base (Operation Pegasus) in March 1968. The 1st Cavalry Division next conducted Operation Delaware in the A Shau Valley on April 19 through mid-May 1968. From May until September 1968, the division participated in local pacification and “MedCap” (medical outreach programs to offer medical support to the Vietnamese local population) missions I Corps.

In the autumn of 1968, the 1st Cavalry Division relocated south to the III Corps Tactical Zone northwest of Saigon, adjacent to a Cambodian region commonly referred to as the “Parrots Beak” due to its shape. In May 1970, the division was among US units participating in the Cambodian Incursion, withdrawing from Cambodia on 29 June. The division thereafter took a defensive posture while the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam continued. The bulk of the division was withdrawn on 29 April 1971, but its 3rd Brigade was one of the final two major US ground combat units in Vietnam, departing 29 June 1972. Its 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, as the main unit of Task Force Garryowen, remained another two months.

5,444 KIA – 26,592 WA
[five to one]

Desert Storm

The 1st Cavalry next fought as a heavy division, during Operation Desert Storm in January and February 1991. The 1st Cavalry Division deployed in October 1990 as part of VII Corps. The division’s ’round-out’ formation, the 155th Armored Brigade was not deployed in a surprise political decision.[citation needed] It was planned to augment the division by attaching the Tiger Brigade from the 2nd Armored Division, but that brigade was attached to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1st & 2nd Marine Divisions) to add heavy armor support to that force. Consequently, the 1st Cavalry Division was assigned the role of the VII Corps’ reserve for much of the ground war, but was crucial in the movement of ground forces to the Kuwaiti and west Saudi Arabian theaters by making two assaults into Iraqi held territory with the division’s Black Jack Brigade moving north drawing Iraqi divisions out of Kuwait to support the Iraqi units defending in Iraq. This movement was led by the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, from the Wadi Al-Batien to just north of Basra through several Iraqi Divisions before stopping. The assault by M-1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, M-2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, and other support vehicles moved much faster than was thought possible, catching the Iraqi Army totally off guard.The 13th Signal Battalion was the first unit in the U.S. Army to deploy Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE) into combat. Installing, operating, and maintaining communications equipment to support a vast communications network spanning over 280 kilometers, the 13th Signal Battalion again met the challenge of providing the division’s communications. After the division returned from Kuwait, the 1st “Tiger” Brigade, 2nd Armored Division was redesignated as the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. In response to the continued hostile movements by the Iraqi Armed Forces after Desert Storm, the U.S. Department of Defense ordered successive Operation Intrinsic Action deployments by combat brigades and special forces units to the Iraq/Kuwait border. The 1st Cavalry’s three brigades contributed heavily to the decade-long deployments from 1992-2002.

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1998-99

The 1st Cavalry Division took control of the U.S. peacekeeping contingent in Bosnia-Herzegovina with approximately 6,900 personnel on June 20, 1998, as part of the multinational Stabilization Force (SFOR). 1st Brigade served for Rotation SFOR 4. 2nd Brigade served for Rotation SFOR 5. 2nd Brigade was alerted for action during the Russian move from Bosnia to the Pristina International Airport in June 1999, but no action was ultimately taken after consultation at the highest levels in NATO. In August 1999, the 10th Mountain Division took over operations in the Tuzla/Multinational Division North area.

9-11

Elements of the division arrived in Washington DC shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division prepare to enter a building during the Second Battle of Fallujah. Spc. Deidre Olivas gives a toy to an Iraqi child waiting for medical treatment during a combined medical mission in Quadria, 7 December. Spc. Olivas is from Forward Support Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment. In October 2001 an advance party of a division brigade combat team was deployed to the Iraq/Kuwait border. Some divisional units participated in the initial 2003 invasion of Iraq.[10] The division in its entirety deployed to Iraq in January 2004, sending an initial detachment of the 9th Cavalry Regiment into combat in September 2003. The 1st Cavalry relieved the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad. Among its subordinate formations, it included Louisiana’s 256th Infantry Brigade, Arkansas’ 39th Infantry Brigade, elements of Washington’s 81st Armored Brigade and the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry (Oregon Army National Guard) during that rotation. After spending more than a year in Iraq, it redeployed back to the US by April, 2005. It was relieved by the 3rd Infantry Division. Division Artillery (DIVARTY) was organized as the 5th BCT. It contained HHB, DIVARTY; 1……21 FA; and the 515th FSB (Provisional). The Division fought in many key battles against insurgents, including the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004, where the 2nd Brigade Combat Team engaged in fierce house to house intense urban combat to root out enemy cells waiting in the city. During its OIF2 deployment division assigned and attached personnel numbered approximately 40,000. 168 personnel were killed in action, with approximately 1,500 wounded.The division assumed duties as Headquarters, Multi-National Division …“ Baghdad from November 2006 to December 2007. 4th Brigade Combat Team, activated in 2005, arrived in Ninawa Governorate in October and November 2006. However, 2…“12 Cavalry was detached, deployed to Baghdad to augment the division efforts there.

Casualties Iraq
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