1st Brigade Combat Team, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association, Inc.
Welcome to the 1st BCT, 504th PIR, the best Regimental Association supporting any organization of the U.S. Army
The purpose of the Association is to establish a permanent organization to preserve the History of the Regiment and further develop the common bond which exists among soldiers who served and are serving in the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and its supporting units; to provide continuing support of troopers currently serving; to perpetuate the memory of the members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment who have died in the service of their country; to maintain contact with the members through the gathering and dissemination of information of concern; and to provide for their patriotic assembly in local and national reunions, thereby perpetuating the Airborne Spirit as to heritage and tradition for future generations. The Association shall actively promote membership by all those eligible.
Who is eligible to join?
Any person who has been assigned or attached, by competent order, to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division is eligible for membership in this Association.
Why should I join?
The Association exists to further develop the bond between current and past members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. To maintain records of the history and accomplishments of our Troopers. To maintain a close liaison with the active Division. To support the 82nd Airborne Division Museum. To provide scholarships through the Association Educational Fund to recently released veterans and children of veteran and active duty members of the Association.
Very few are those who do not cherish their memories and friendships from their service. By joining, you may get in touch with old friends, forge new friendships, and simply be around people who truly understand your past experience.
Jan. 22, 1944: Allied forces, including the U.S. VI Corps under the command of Maj. Gen. John P. Lucas (of Lt. Gen. Mark Clark’s Fifth Army), begin a series of landings along a stretch of western Italian coastline in the Anzio-Nettuno area. Codenamed Operation Shingle, the Allies achieve complete surprise against and encounter little initial resistance from the Germans. But the landings kick off what will become one of the most grueling campaigns of World War II.
It is during the subsequent fighting (which continues for several months) that a dead German officer’s diary is found, a portion of which reads:
"American parachutists - - devils in baggy pants - - are less than 100 meters from my outpost line.
I can't sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere."
Read the current issue of the Prop Blast or flip through our archives.
Read the annual update on our Active Duty Troops.
Keep up with upcoming opportunities to reconnect.
Interact and assist other members in contacting fellow trooper in our Devil Forum.
We'd love to have you join us.
Our Annual Membership meeting and Devil Dinner take place every year at the National Convention. We also attend All American Week in Fort Bragg.
A few memories from our most recent events...
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