History of the 101st Airborne Division: Screaming Eagles: The First 50 Years

History of the 101st Airborne Division: Screaming Eagles: The First 50 Years

by Robert E. Jones (Editor)


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The History of the 101st Airborne Division is the epic story of the Division from its activation in August 1942 through the completion of Operation Desert Storm in April 1991. The Division’s progression through the sky took decades of hard work and tens of thousands of dedicated soldiers. In World War II, the 101st became the first American troops to set foot in occupied France, when, on 6 June 1944, its paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines, clearing the way for the 4th Infantry Division landing on Utah Beach. The Division would become famous for its work in Holland during Operation Market Garden, and for its successful defense of Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge. In Vietnam, the “Screaming Eagles” engaged in battle from 1965 to 1972, when they began their evolution to Air Mobile by deploying by helicopter. In the Gulf War, the Division fired the first shots of Operation Desert Storm by destroying Iraqi radar sites, and during ground war of the operation, they made the longest and largest air assault in history. In every engagement and during the training periods in between, the 101st Airborne Division has honored the words of its first commander, General William C. Lee, that it has a “rendezvous with destiny.” This book is a fitting record of that history, and of the men who are proud to be called “Screaming Eagles.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596527461
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/17/2010
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 969,775
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert E. Jones, Colonel, USA (Retired) was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry on May 22, 1939, and later graduated from Parachute School on May 23, 1942, assigned to the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. Colonel Jones served in the Normandy and Rhineland campaigns in World War II, and was injured in Holland during Operation Market Garden while commanding H Company, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. He served in the Korean War, participated in the Inchon landing and Chosin Reservoir campaigns with the 32nd Infantry Regiment, returning to the United States in June 1952, and also served in Vietnam as Deputy Director, Phoenix Directorate, COORDS, HQ MACV from September 1968 to June 1970. He retired from active duty in 1973.

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