MONUMENTS OF THE 509TH PIB

Photos and locations of known monuments dedicated to the 509th will be posted here at a later date thanks to Veteran Harvey Sutherland.

(Above is the first monument to the 509th.  The dedication ceremony on May 1, 1943, by General Order Number 6 dated  February 8, 1943 which named Camp MacKall in honor of Pvt. John Thomas MacKall who died of wounds received on November 8. 1942.  Left to right: Col. Olsmith, Camp Commander; Gen. Chapman, Commander - Airborne Command; Ms. MacKall, Mother;  June MacKall, Sister; Pvt. Gerald MacKall, Brother KIA July 7, 1944 near St. Lo, France; Pvt. Robert MacKall, Brother. )

 

CAMP MACKALL

HOFFMAN, NORTH CAROLINA

NAMED IN HONOR OF

JOHN THOMAS MACKALL

PRIVATE COMPANY E 2ND BATTALION (LATER REDESIGNATED 509TH

PARACHUTE INFANTRY) 503RD PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT WHO WAS

WOUNDED IN ACTION NOVEMBER 8, 1942. WHEN THE PLANE IN WHICH HE

AND HIS COMRADES WERE BEING TRANSPORTED WAS ATTACKED NEAR ORAN,

ALGERIA BY THREE ENEMY FIGHTER PLANES.  HE WAS FLOWN TO GIBRALTAR

WHERE ON NOVEMBER 12, 1942 HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY.

(Monument is located at the site of Camp MacKall in Hoffman, North Carolina)

 

509th Parachute

Infantry Battalion

1942 - 1946

(Monument is located at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum at Fayetteville, North Carolina)

Photo courtesy of Joe Fite/509th/WWII

(Members of the 509th at the Tomb of the Unknown participate in the wreath-laying ceremony and dedication of unit plaque placed inside the Memorial Display Room at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia in January 2000)

TO THE SCARED MEMORY OF OUR

GALLANT WARRIOR COMRADES
KNOWN ONLY TO GOD
509TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY BATTALION
ASSOCIATION

(Plaque is located inside the memorial display room at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia)

Photo courtesy of W. A. Tippins/509th/WWII

 

To the memory of the GIs' and of the

civil victims, Victor Fairon

and Emile Dropsy who fell at

Sadzot

on the night of December 27th to 28th, 1944

during the offensive of the Ardennes.

The savage and desperate attack

of the 2nd and

12th SS Panzer divisions

shot death and desolation into this

peaceful village.

We pay homage to the courage

and determination of the

American units:

Detachment of the 3rd Armored Division

509th Parachute Infantry Battalion

Company B of the 87th Mortar Battalion

289th Regiment of the 75th Infantry Division

(Monument located in Sadzot, Belgium)

Photo courtesy of Hurbert J. Vaes

 

AUX COMBATTANTS

(TO THE COMBATANTS)

DE DECEMBRE 1944

(OF DECEMBER 1944)

AUX LIBERATEURS

(TO THE LIBERATORS)

DU 3 ORNVIER 1945

(OF JANUARY 3 1945)

83E D.I. ET 3E D.B.

(83rd ID and 3rd AD)

MALEMPRE RECONNAISSANT

(MALEMPRE IS GRATEFUL)

(Monument located in Malempre, Belgium.  3rd AD added another plaque to the left)

Photo courtesy of Hubert J. Vaes, Belgium

 

(In the courtyard of the church at the border of Cap D'Ail, France and Principality of Monaco commemorating the liberation of the area by Co. C. 509th PIB.  The plaque on left was placed on the church wall on Sept. 1945.  The plaque on the right was added during the celebration of the 40th Anniversary in 1984.)

Photo courtesy of Richard D. Fisco/509th/WWII

 

Left Plaque

Here, on September 3, 1944

after 5 days of combat

the volunteers of the Saint Just Brigade

 [FTPS Company Cyrano]

and the advance American elements

of Captain Walls

sustained by the batteries of the Royal Navy

constrained the retreating German forces

forces which were abandoning

their wounded and prisoners

Dedicated 3 September 1945

 

Right Plaque

Company C 509th

 Parachute Infantry Battalion (U.S. Army)

 In homage to the anti-facist Italians

 of the group M.O.I (main d'oeuvre immigree')

To its resistance to its deportees in Italy and

in Germany to its interns

To the batteries of the Royal Navy which came from

the Edgard Quintet (English crew)

3 September 1984 40th anniversary

Top:

509TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY

BATTALION

IN MEMORY OF

OUR FRIENDS WHO FELL HERE

Photo courtesy of Rémi Martin

 

(Plaque located in Le Muy, France)

 

Photo courtesy of Richard D. Fisco/509th/WWII

 

Here at dawn on August 15,1944, on board one of the

numerous C-47's, 17 parachutists of Company B of the

509th Battalion jumped into the waters of the

Gulf of Saint-Tropez to liberate France.

Not one of them was ever found.

                                                                    Cpt. Ralph R. Miller Jr.                     Ohio

                                                                    Tec4 Eugene C Beckner                 Minnesota

                                                                    Pvt. Ira J. Butler                                 Illinois

                                                                                           Pfc. Frank Campos                          California

                                                                    Sgt. Oscar F. Crevilling                    New York

                                                                    S.Sgt. Robert B. David                     Florida

                                                                    T5 Albert T. Dawson                         Indiana

                                                                    1stSgt. Anthony J. Dorsa                 Texas

                                                                    Pfc. Jonnie C. Fort                            Georgia

                                                                    Pvt. Julius Garcia                               New York

                                                                    T4 Marvin N. Gillman                         Michigan

                                                                    Pfc. George R. Lynch                        New York

                                                                    Pvt. Thomas W. Pennebaker           PA.

                                                                    Pvt. Alfred Pipino Jr.                         PA.

                                                                    Pfc. Leon V. Potter                            Missouri

                                                                    T5 George W. Reid                           New York

                                                                    Sgt. William A. Sutherland               South Carolina

(Monument located in Saint-Tropez, France)

Photo courtesy of Richard D. Fisco/509th/WWII

 

French Renactors portraying the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion annually honor the men on Plane 16 who were lost at sea on 15 August 1944.

Photo courtesy of Rémi Martin

 

Photo courtesy of Rémi Martin

 

French renactors portraying the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion honoring all the Soldiers who participated in Operation Dragoon.  They wish to express to the Veterans their gratitude for the liberation of France.

Photo courtesy of Rémi Martin

 

Left plaque, The city of Saint-Tropez

in grateful thanks to the pilots and crew

of the Army of the Air and the Allied Forces

 on 15 August 1944.

Landings in Provence

Right plaque, The city of Saint-Tropez

in homage to the American parachutists

of the

509th Battalion of Airborne Infantry

who liberated the city

with the aid

of the local resistance

"Maures Brigade"

 on 15 August 1944

Landings in Provence

(Monument located in Saint-Tropez, France within the walls of the Citadel)

Photo courtesy of Richard D. Fisco/509th/WWII

 

Photo courtesy of Richard D. Fisco/509th/WWII

 

Honor and glory to the American, British, and French Marines who, on August 15,1944, participated in the landing in Provence. Grateful thanks from the city of Saint-Tropez to the allied combatants who contributed to our liberation

(Monument located in Saint-Tropez, France)

Photo courtesy of Richard D. Fisco/509th/WWII

 

PREMIERE TERRE PROVENCALE LIBEREE
(The provencial land liberated)

 A L'AUBE DU 15 AOUT 1944

(at dawn on August 15, 1944)

 PAR LES F.F.I. BRIGADE DES MAURES

(by the Maures Brigade of the French Forces of the Interior)

ET DES PARACHUTISTES

(and by the Parachutists)

DE LA 7ME ARMEE AMERICAINE

 (of the 7th American Army)

QUI Y ONT OPERE LEUR JONCTION

 (who joined operations there)

(Plaque Located in Southern France)

Photo courtesy of Richard D. Fisco/509th/WWII

 

 

(Left to Right: John Devaine, Charlie Doyle [standing], 'Bud' Seigel, Harvey Sutherland, Nick DeGata.  picture was taken in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The plaque was hand carried by George Fontanesi to The Allied Museum, Nettuno, Italy.)

 

CAMPAIGNS..............WWII EAME
Algeria-French Morocco (with Arrowhead)

Tunisia (with Arrowhead)

Naples - Foggia (with Arrowhead)

Anzio (with Arrowhead)

Rome - Arno

Southern France (with Arrowhead)

Rhineland

Ardennes - Alsace

DECORATIONS
Presidential Unit Citation (ARMY) Streamer Embroidered CARINO, ITALY

Presidential Unit Citation (ARMY) Streamer Embroidered CARINO, ITALY

Presidential Unit Citation (ARMY) Streamer Embroidered LIEGE, BELGIUM

French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, Streamer Embroidered MUY EN PROVENCE

Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgium Army for action in the ARDENNES

Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgium for action in ST. VITH

Personnel authorized to wear the insignia of the French 3rd Zouaves Regiment

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY

(Plaque located in the Allied Museum at Nettuno, Italy)

Photo courtesy of George Fontanesi/509th/WWII


Monument erected in 1978 in Hamberg, Germany to SPC Charles Capps and SGT Michael Rohrer who died as a result of a parachute jump where the two jumpers collided on 15 July 1976.


 

DEDICATED TO ALL MEN AND WOMEN

WOUNDED IN ALL OUR WARS

COMBAT WOUNDED VETERANS

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART

MY STONE IS RED FOR

THE BLOOD THEY SHED

THE MEDAL I BEAR

IS MY COUNTRY'S WAY

TO SHOW THEY CARE

IF I COULD BE SEEN

BY ALL MANKIND

MAYBE PEACE WILL

COME IN MY LIFETIME

ERECTED BY ? OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART

(Monument located at Boscawen National Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire.  Veteran Harvey S. Sutherland participated in the dedication)

 

THE AIRBORNE WALK

A TRIBUTE TO EVERY PERSON WHO HAS

BEEN OR WILL BE AIRBORNE QUALIFIED

DEDICATED

APRIL 17, 1986

BY

SECRETARY OF THE ARMY

JOHN O. MARSH, JR

(Monument located on the Airborne Walk at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia)

Photo courtesy of Dennis L. Smith/509th/3rd Ranger Bn

 

509TH PARACHUTE

INFANTRY BATTALION

(Monument located on the Airborne Walk at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia)

Photo courtesy of Dennis L. Smith/509th/3rd Ranger Bn

 

HONORING
ALL PARATROOPERS

PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE

(Monument located on the Airborne Walk at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia)

Photo courtesy of Dennis L. Smith/509th/3rd Ranger Bn

AVELLINO DROP ZONE

IN HONOR OF THE

509TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY'S

COMBAT PARACHUTE ASSAULT INTO

AVELLINO, ITALY ON 14 SEPTEMBER 1943

GERONIMO

(Monument located on Pearson Ridge Training Area at Fort Polk, Louisiana)

 

 

 

GERONIMO MONUMENT

NAMED IN HONOR TO ALL THE 509TH

PARATROOPERS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

27 JUNE 1996

(Monument located at the Joint Readiness Training Center, 1st BN, 509th PIR at Fort Polk, Louisiana)

 

(Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 509th PIR stationed at Fort Polk, LA execute a flawless parachute operation from two C-47s onto the newly dedicated General William P. Yarborough Drop Zone at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio in 2006 before an audience of World War II Veterans attending the 509th PIA Reunion.)

 

(Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 509th PIR stationed at Fort Polk, LA march off the newly dedicated General William P. Yarborough Drop Zone at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio in 2006 before an audience of World War II Veterans attending the 509th PIA Reunion.)

 

(Bob Erikson and Lloyd Belford August 2006)

 

(Monument located at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Annapolis, Minnesota.  Erected in 2006)

 

(Original artist design)

 

(Monument located at the Joint Readiness Training Center, 1st BN, 509th PIR at Fort Polk, Louisiana)

 

GERONIMO