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From beginning to end with the 506th PIR....
« on: October 12, 2015, 12:31:30 PM »
I got this small group from a USMF member some time ago.  It included what you see below, one of the veterans purple hearts and 3 of his dog tags.  Another collector in France has his uniform, matching dog tag that went with the second set, 2nd purple heart, and a few other assortments.

This group has been on my website for a while but I thought I'd post it here.  It's quite amazing to hold these and imagine where they were and what they saw...

Some history of PFC Henderson:

PFC Henderson was born in about 1921 in California.

Henderson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 in Lynwood, California and volunteered to be a paratrooper.  He was assigned to Light Machine Gun Platoon in Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

He trained at Camp Toccoa in 1942 and he is seen in a group photo with his LMG Platoon.

He made the jump on the morning of D-Day.  During the invasion in June, he had been wounded in the finger and was treated at the 94th General Hospital.  He was released in July.

Henderson then participated in the combat jump during Operation Market Garden in September 1944.

After Market Garden he was involved in the Battle of the Bulge from December 1944 - January 1945.  During the Bulge he was wounded for the second time, but I'm not sure of the exact date.  If anyone could find that out that would be awesome...

During the rest of the war his unit fought in the Ruhr Pocket.
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Re: From beginning to end with the 506th PIR....
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2015, 12:32:09 PM »
Later, when his unit was assigned to occupation duty in Germany, they arrived in Berchtesgaden, home of Hitler's Eagle Nest.  Below PFC Henderson is pictured 5th from the right between Lt. Lewis Nixon and Major Dick Winters enjoying their stay at Hitler's house. 
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Re: From beginning to end with the 506th PIR....
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2015, 12:33:42 PM »
Camp Toccoa.  Henderson is standing third from the left...
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Re: From beginning to end with the 506th PIR....
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2015, 12:34:18 PM »
The PH...
Check out my online collection of dog tags...
 
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ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WWII ARMY OR MARINE DOG TAGS. PM ME IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING!

THANKS,
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Re: From beginning to end with the 506th PIR....
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2015, 01:54:18 PM »
Part of US WW2 military folklore!
"He who dares, wins!"

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Re: From beginning to end with the 506th PIR....
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2015, 07:39:38 AM »
Excellent items..

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