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10:45 AM: G Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th has been controlling a checkpoint going into Ste- Mere-Eglise for ~ 2 hours. At ~ 10:45 AM, a German force of 2 companies of infantry, supported by 3 small tanks & 3 tracked guns attacks thee roadblocks.
Myth or Fact? Did Lt. Colonel Ben Vandervoort, commander of 2-505, really order Paratroopers from the 101st to carry him on a cart as famously depicted in the movie "The Longest Day"?
Our position is that this #DDay story seems to be true.

In the movie, Vandervoort tells the two 101st glider troopers: "You are in the 82nd now!" and orders them to carry him around.

Vandervoort never told the story that way, but it basically went down as depicted in the film
According to those who were there, the two 101st Glider troops were carrying captured German ammo on a cart. When they saw Vandy and his condition (remember he broke his leg on the jump) they immediately started to help.
1110 AM - The Division HQ receives garbled radio messages signed "CO 507" and realizes that the 507th Regimental Commander is trying to make contact. He was isolated w/ about 300 of his Paratroopers west of Amfreville and was calling to request a link-up
According to 2 reports, when the 2 101st guys got Vandy 2 the infirmary in Ste-Mere, 1 of them said to the 82nd Paratroopers: "I didn't come to Normandy to pull a f%^king colonel around." Don't know if that part is true, but it sounds like something someone in the 101st would say
Last thing on Vandy: he was wounded twice more in Normandy after breaking his ankle.....AND STILL JUMPED INTO OPERATION MARKET GARDEN.....where he was shot in the eye
Ok - REAL last thing on Vandy.

We LOVE this painting by a fella named Michael Akkerman called "God of D Day" depicting this scene we just referenced (the two 101st guys carrying Vandy through the city)
1130 AM - Lieutenant Colonel Krause (commander of 3-505) is in St Mere. He sees that we are still being attacked from the North. He orders his I Co. to attack the high ground at Fauville from where the mortar and artillery fire was now being directed at Ste. Mere Eglise.
Captain Harold Swingler, I Co CDR, is unable to get there (we cannot confirm, but it sounds like he got lost). Trying to get to the high ground, Swingler's forces get ambushed and Swingler gets killeed. The company tries to withdraw back to Ste Mere Eglise.
Bit of an odd #DDay scene follows: as I Company is trying to withdraw after the death of Captain Swingler, the I Co. commander, the German ambushers think I Company is actually moving into a reinforcing position for another element.
The Germans think that I Company is part of a much larger American force headed their way. As I Company retreats, the Germans simultaneously retreat!
Last year we interviewed Don Jakeway, 82nd #DDay Paratrooper. He told us about being dropped 600 meters off the drop zone. "What was it like to be alone?" I asked. Don is a man of Faith. He immediately and sharply replied: "I'm never alone."

We will never forget that
We are wrapping up here and want to thank all of you for following along. We’ve got a few minutes left here
Remember, we’ve strung all these tweets together so you can follow the thread
So that's it, folks. The story does not end there, but we do. This was a glimpse into 17 hours that would impact the Free World.

What a story. What a remarkable time. What a group of men. What a Nation we live in to have them.

Thank you all so much.


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Jul 14, 2018
1/19: Today's #AASaturdayStory begins with President Truman and the Cold War. Amidst a national frenzy of the possibility of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, Truman kept the 82nd out of Korea as a strategic reserve. In the event of war with USSR, the 82nd could jump in.
2/19: Truman (& Ike) were more afraid of the Russians than the Chinese. The (now declassified) war plans called for us to jump into either Finland, Norway, or Sweden & move across potentially nuclear-devastated battlefields to the Soviet Union.
3/19: The most likely scenario was a winter war in Europe. To prepare for this, in winter of 1952, we trained in the Adirondacks, jumping in freezing conditions, in snow w/ cold weather boots on, cold weather jackets on, snow shoes carried.
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1/20: "Sole Survivor: The Story of An All American Family"

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Today we tell the story of the Niland brothers.
2/20: It's a story that served as the inspiration for the WWII epic "Saving Private Ryan".

You surely know the movie, but let's quickly recap the plot (in the next tweet).
3/20: After D Day, Tom Hanks is tasked to lead a group of men from 2nd RGR Battalion to rescue PVT Ryan, a 101st ABN Paratrooper played by Matt Damon. Ryan's 3 brothers were killed in action & GEN Marshall directs him to be returned to his Family. Ryan does not want to leave.
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Jun 5, 2018
We're in it, folks! This is our D Day Reenactment. For the next 17 hours we'll bring you an "as it happened" play-by-play of The Division's actions during D Day.
Follow along, ask questions, comment.
We're typing this as we go cuz we want to interact w/ u
Let's set the table here for our #AADDayReenactment. We'll be recounting events in Eastern Standard Time as they happened in Central European Time.

We'll be bringing you cool tidbits, maps, stories, and personalities.

Throughout it, we want to hear from you
Here is (in part) the 82nd's D Day mission: "Land astride the Merderet River. Seize, clear, & secure the general area w/in its zone. Capture Ste-Mere-Eglise, seize & secure crossings of the Merderet River at La Fiere & Chef-du-Pint & destroy the crossings of the Douve River."
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