Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
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508 PIR Association Archive

508 PIR All Era & All Airborne Reunion

508 PIR Reunion: The Family and Friends for the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment for the 82nd Airborne is having its Veterans’ Reunion this June in Columbus, Ohio. Specifically, please mark your calendars for June 23, 2021, through June 27, 2021.

Current or past paratroopers are all welcome including their family and friends. This is a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. All indications point to this being a live event, and we certainly need that kind of interaction given what we have gone through the past year.

The goal as always is to share the company of all paratroopers from different eras, including those from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, operations in Central/South America and the Caribbean, Iraq, Afghanistan, and active duty.

If possible, I hope we can organize another oral history presentation or perhaps even a veterans panel so paratroopers can discuss their experiences.

As always, I will make myself available to conduct oral history interviews for any Veterans wishing to preserve their stories and memories for either themselves, their family, or with the U.S. Library of Congress through the Veterans History Project. My interviews are recorded by video and you are provided a copy of the unedited interview on a DVD that same day. If interested in reserving a time with me, please contact me as soon as possible.

2018 Reunion for 508 P.I.R.

The details for the upcoming 2018 Reunion for the Family and Friends of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment were recently released.

The annual reunion that honors the legacy of the Veterans for the 82nd Airborne is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The dates for the reunion are October 31, 2018, to November 4, 2018.

This year’s reunion marks the 50th Anniversary for the Golden Brigade in Vietnam, the 35th Anniversary for Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, and the 15th Anniversary for OIF Operation Northern Delay in Iraq.

The reunion will honor all former paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne as well as active duty service members. Typically, Veterans from World War II, Korea, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq, and Afghanistan attend the reunion. Naturally, the Making History Project is planning on attending this fantastic event.

To sign up to attend or to learn more, visit the 508 P.I.R Reunion Site.


75th Anniversary Airborne Jump Flag

82nd Airborne 75th Anniversary Jum

On October 20, 2017, the 508 P.I.R. of the 82nd Airborne performed a commemorative jump for the Family & Friends of the 508 P.I.R on the 75th Anniversary of the Airborne. Present and observing were paratroopers from the conflicts of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Panama.

I was also present and fortunate enough to win a silent auction for the signed jump flag from that day. All paratroopers that jumped signed the flag.

Below is a picture of the signed flag as held by Lt. Col. Browning and CSM Donaldson right before they jumped.

75th Anniversary Jump Flag