325th Glider Infantry Regimental History

325th Glider Infantry Regiment

25 March 1942, organized at Cp. Claiborne, Louisiana as the 325th Infantry Regiment and assigned to the 82d Division, and attached to IV Corps 1 August 1942 . Redesignated 325th Glider Infantry Regiment 15 August 1942 and assigned to the 82d Airborne Division . The Regiment moved to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina 4 October 1942 and staged at Cp. Edwards, Massachusetts 19 April 1943 until it departed New York P/E 28 April 1943 . It first landed at Casablanca, North Africa 10 May 1943, subsequently in Sicily 9 July 1943 and returned to North Africa 19 August 1943 . The Regiment further went back to Sicily 4 September 1943, landed amphibiously at Salerno, Italy 15 September 1943, helped stabilize the Allied Military Government in Naples, and finally arrived in Northern Ireland 9 December 1943 . It then transferred to England 14 February 1944 . On D-Day it assaulted Normandy, France 6 June 1944 and returned to England 13 July 1944 . It further assaulted Nijmegen-Arnhem, Holland 23 September 1944, and crossed again into France 14 November 1944 . It entered Belgium 18 December 1944 (where the 3d Bn/325th GIR consolidated with the 2d Bn/401st GIR, was redesignated 3d Bn/325th GIR) and Germany 30 January 1945 . The 325th Glider Infantry Regiment returned to France 19 February 1945 and to Germany 2 April 1945 (where it pulled some occupation duty in Berlin) . It finally returned to New York P/E 3 January 1946 (it participated in the N.Y. Victory Parade on 12 Jan 46) and moved to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina 16 January 1946, where it remained active thru 1946 …

radio callsign : CHESTNUT
motto : Let’s Go
D.I. : silver shield with decorative border and dark blue fess, between in chief a dark blue hurte charged with a three-columned temple of Georgia in silver and base a dark blue cross of Lorraine, and silver scroll with motto, authorized 24 April 1942, approved 9 October 1925
campaigns : Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy (with arrowhead), Rhineland (with arrowhead), Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe
special awards : Distinguished Unit Badge to 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment with streamer embroidered “Ste-Mère-Eglise”, French Croix de Guerre with Palm + streamer embroidered “Ste-Mère-Eglise”, French Croix de Guerre with Palm + streamer embroidered “Cotentin”, Knight 4th Class Military Order of William with streamer embroidered “Nijmegen 1944”, Citation in the Orders of the Day of the Belgian Army for actions in the “Ardennes”, Citation in the Orders of the Day of the Belgian Army for actions in “Belgium and Germany”, French Croix de Guerre with Fourragère, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Fourragère 1940, Netherlands Orange Lanyard
Medal of Honor : Charles DeGlopper, Pfc, Co C, 325th Glider Infantry, Merderet River, La Fière, Normandy, France, 9 Jun 44

Published on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 4:28 AM