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Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 513th PIR Part II

Enclosed is Part II  listing of the awards and decorations for the 513th PIR as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45.

513th PIR, p4.

 

513th PIR, p5.

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 513th PIR Part I

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 513th PIR as compiled in the 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45. This is the first part of two parts.

513th PIR, p1.

513th PIR, p2.

513th PIR, p3.

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 507th PIR Part II

Here is a list of the remaining awards and decorations for the 507th PIR.

507th PIR, p3.

 

507th PIR, p4.

 

The Power of Prayer

I watched an auction of the famous “Patton Prayer Card” recently and was astounded by the selling price of $1350.00 I regretted selling mine many years ago when I changed my collecting focus. Just this past weekend, while tediously reading every listing in a dealer’s website, I found one listed for a very reasonable price. Although it is not a 17th Airborne Division item, General George S. Patton, Jr.  did meet with the 17th Airborne Division Commander, Maj. Gen William Miley, shortly after their baptism of fire on 4 Jan 45. It makes a suitable discussion piece for the war room.

As reported in General Patton’s memoirs of WWII, ‘War As I Knew It’:

General Patton: “Chaplain, I want you to publish a prayer for good weather.  I’m tired of these soldiers having to fight mud and floods as well as the Germans.  See if we can’t get God to work on our side.”

Chaplain James H. O’Neill:  “Sir, it’s going to take a pretty thick rug for that kind of praying.”

General Patton:  “I don’t care if it takes the flying carpet, I want the praying done.”

Chaplain O’Neill:  “Yes, sir.  May I say, General, that it usually isn’t a customary thing among men of my profession to pray for clear weather to kill fellow men.”

General Patton:  “Chaplain, are you teaching me theology or are you the Chaplain of the Third Army?  I want a prayer.”

Chaplain O’Neill:  “Yes, sir.”

250,000 copies of the card were printed and distributed to the troops around 12-14 Dec 44. After the series of battles had subsided, and the “Bulge” had been secured, General  Patton met Chaplain O’Neill in Luxembourg and said, ” “Well, Padre, our prayers worked. I knew they would.”

To read  Chaplain Oneill’s memories of the events, please access the Patton Society wirte-up on the event: http://www.pattonhq.com/prayer.html

 

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 507th PIR Part I

Enclosed is a listing of the awards and decorations for the 507th PIR as compiled int e 17th Airborne Division official unit history published on 6 Dec 45. This is the first part of two parts.

507th PIR, p1

 

507th PIR, p2.

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Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 194th GIR Part II

Here is a list of the remaining awards and decorations for the 194th GIR.

194th GIR, p3

 

194th GIR, p4

 

Awards and Decorations, 17th Airborne Division: 194th GIR Part I

The following is taken from the 17th Airborne History, dated 6 Dec 45, which was compiled by the unit following the end of the war. These documents can be found in the National Archives and were scanned a few years ago for work on the book “Blood on the Talon”. I’ll continue to post the various pages until they are all posted. Please keep in mind that because of clerical errors, awards presented after this history was compiled and to transfers of members of the 17th Airborne Division shortly after VE-Day, this is by no means a complete listing.

Section J

 

194th GIR, p1

 

194th GIR p2

 

Combat Interview with 194th GIR CO, Col James Pierce: Part II

On 20 Jan 45, Capt Westover, of the US Army Historians Office, interviewed the Commander of the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment, Col James Pierce. The interview took place in Wicourt, Belgium. Here is the second part of the interview.

Combat Interview Col Pierce, p.4

 

Combat Interview Col Pierce, p.5

 

Combat Interview Col Pierce, p.6

Combat Interview with 194 GIR CO, Col James Pierce

On 20 Jan 45, Capt Westover, of the US Army Historians Office, interviewed the Commander of the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment, Col James Pierce. The interview took place in Wicourt, Belgium.

Combat Interview, Col Pierce, p.1

 

Combat Interview Col Pierce, p.2

 

Combat Interview Col Pierce, p.3