U.S. WWII 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment Shoulder Patch – The Rock
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New Made Item: Top quality embroidery. The 503rd Infantry Regiment, formerly the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), is an airborne unit in the United States military. It is one of the most decorated units of its kind with a distinguished battlefield record notably in World War II and the Vietnam War. Currently its 1st and 2nd Battalions are active. First battalion is assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Caserma Ederle, while second battalion is out of Caserma Del Din, both located in Vicenza, Italy.
World War II:
On 14 February 1942, the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment was formed.
The regiment’s 1st and 2nd Battalions were formed at Fort Benning, Georgia, from the 503rd and 504th Parachute Battalions, respectively. Unlike many other airborne units, which were deployed in the European Theater of Operations, the 503rd was the first airborne regiment to fight in the Pacific, and as an independent unit.
The unit’s first operation was an unopposed landing at Nadzab, in the Markham Valley, New Guinea, on 5 September 1943. Although the landings were unopposed, the troops were later attacked by enemy bombers from the air. The 503rd’s deployment helped force the Japanese evacuation of a major military outpost at Lae. During their overland withdrawal, the third battalion of the 503rd had…