Wednesday, October 19, 2005

506th P.I.R. Reactivated for Iraq

Most are familiar with the U.S. Army's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which was the subject of the book and miniseries "Band of Brothers".

The 506th has recently been reformed as the 506th Regimental Combat Team, and is being deployed to Iraq:
While long famous for its missions inside the military, little was known about the unit until Stephen E. Ambrose published "Band of Brothers" in 2001. The book was later adapted for an HBO miniseries.

Veterans attending the reactivation ceremony applauded when the brigade accepted the 506th flag.

"The unit's colors stay alive," said Brice Bickerton, of Clairton, Pa., a Vietnam veteran from the unit.
No doubt they will uphold the 506th's long tradition of honor, courage and sacrifice for the cause of freedom.

Give 'em hell, boys!


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