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The 502nd P.I.R. made its first combat jump into Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. The 502nd continued to fight in France until mid July, when it was withdrawn back to England. On Sept. 17, 1944 the 502nd made its second combat jump, into Hollard, & fought there until late November 1944. Withdrawn to Rheims, France, the 502nd went into combat next by truck, to Bastogne. There they made their heroic stand against overwhelming odds during The Battle of the Bulge, fought during the coldest European winter of the 20th Century!!! Then in the Spring of 1945 they captured The Eagle's Nest, Hitler's home in the Alps. This is just a thumb-nail sketch, off the top of my head. For an in-depth study you need to go to the ever elusive L I B R A R Y. Richard V. Horrell WW 2

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