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GliderInfantry
05-07-2008, 09:25 AM
The 101st Airborne div.
327th Glider infantry regiment. What are yours?

albatrosdva
05-07-2008, 10:14 PM
tough call, probably Black Sheep Squadron

WaffenSS
06-13-2008, 09:29 AM
101st Airborne Easy Company 2nd Battalion 506th

Rising Sun*
06-13-2008, 10:34 AM
Any unit that went into action anywhere.

And those that didn't, because they don't decide where they're going.

KOYLI
06-24-2008, 07:05 AM
Merril's Marauders. Short lived unit, which sustained losses out of proportion to it's size.
Jimbert

imi
07-03-2008, 10:55 AM
USMC any time

Moreheaddriller
07-03-2008, 09:12 PM
Today the 101 but in the civil war the army of tennessee which included Bedford Forrest and his critter company

Nickdfresh
07-03-2008, 10:09 PM
The Special Service Force. But of course, they were also Canadian...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Brigade

Chevan
07-04-2008, 12:18 AM
The 101st Airborne div.

My too.
the 101 was the probably most desperate american unit of war.
The MedalOhHonnor:Airborn devotes to them

R Leonard
07-07-2008, 11:30 PM
Fighting Squadron 42, closely followed by Fighting Squadron 11

Cuts
07-08-2008, 07:03 AM
The WABC.

pdf27
07-08-2008, 07:20 AM
The WABC.
Surely they're a British unit? Or was Capt. Darling trying to swap armies as well?

George Eller
07-08-2008, 01:39 PM
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Some of my favorites:

56th Fighter Group (61st, 62nd, and 63rd Fighter Squadrons) - Eighth Air Force - USAAF
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/56th_Fighter_Group
http://www.56fg.net/historic/history.htm
http://www.halesworthairfieldmuseum.org.uk/56thgroup/
http://www.halesworthairfieldmuseum.org.uk/56thgroup/statistics.php
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/56thfg.php
56th Fighter Group Gallery
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Style=table&Group=56
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=56&Style=item&origStyle=table&Item=2
http://www.halesworthairfieldmuseum.org.uk/images/56thfighter_pagethumb.jpg
CAVE TONITRUM – "Beware the Thunderbolt"
motto of the 56th Fighter Group.

http://www.halesworthairfieldmuseum.org.uk/images/photos/thumbs/61stfs.jpghttp://www.halesworthairfieldmuseum.org.uk/images/photos/thumbs/62ndfs.jpghttp://www.halesworthairfieldmuseum.org.uk/images/photos/thumbs/63rdfs.jpg

http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/56thboys.jpg
http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/Images/56thboys.jpg

http://www.56fg.net/historic/pictures/61late.jpg
http://www.56fg.net/historic/history.htm
A group of 56th FG pilots.

http://www.leisuregalleries.com/62ndfs/62fs2.jpg
http://www.leisuregalleries.com/62ndfs/62ndwebpage.html
62nd Fighter Squadron (56th Fighter Group)

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VF-17 Jolly Rogers - U.S. Navy Fighter Squadron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VFA-103#History_of_the_Jolly_Rogers
http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/4650/
http://www.acepilots.com/usn_blackburn.html
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~drmiles/patches/vf17jollyrogers.gif
http://www.leisuregalleries.com/aablackburn.jpg
http://www.leisuregalleries.com/ameraces.html
Lt. Cdr. Tom Blackburn - 11 Victories, C.O. VF-17, Jolly Rogers USN

http://www.daveswarbirds.com/navalwar/men_pics/vf-17.jpg
http://www.daveswarbirds.com/navalwar/men_pics/vf-17.jpg
six pilots from VF-17 "The Jolly Rogers" pose in front of the squadron scoreboard in January 1944.
From the Roger Hedrick Collection of photos.

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VMF-214 - Marine Fighter Squadron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMA-214#World_War_II
http://www.acepilots.com/usmc_vmf214.html
http://www.acepilots.com/aces214.html
http://www.freewebs.com/blacksheepone/
http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/fullmonty/35/vmf214.htm
http://www.mojave.ca.us/museum/images/mcas/mcas-vmf214-patch.JPG
http://www.mojave.ca.us/museum/mcas-squadrons.htm

http://www.generalraydavis.net/images/vmf214.jpg
http://www.generalraydavis.net/patches.html

http://www.bluejacket.com/usmc/images/w2_usmc_vmf214_boyington.jpg
http://www.bluejacket.com/ww2_images.html
Marine pilots of VMF-214 "Black Sheep" re-fly a mission around Major Boyington.

http://www.bluejacket.com/usmc/images/w2_vmf214_squadron-officers.jpg
http://www.bluejacket.com/ww2_images.html
VMF-214 "Black Sheep" officers on F4U Corsair.

http://www.frugalsworld.com/interviews/images/vmf214group.jpg
http://www.frugalsworld.com/modules/zmagazine/article.php?articleid=102

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horseman19492000
08-11-2008, 09:26 AM
5th US Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division

Semper Fi
08-11-2008, 05:17 PM
Mine Is the First Force Recon Division, Their is a unit or Division I up hold more then any is the Recon division. My Father was in the recon Divisionn and Surved In Nam.

Laconia
10-24-2008, 11:46 AM
The Niesi 442nd RCT. These guys were the best! I believe they were the most decorated unit in the entire war. I had the priviledge of meeting some of them a few years ago. It was truly an honor.

Nickdfresh
10-24-2008, 01:04 PM
I once read that an American National Guard Division from Arizona was referred too as "Roosevelt's SS/Butchers" by the Germans...Does anyone have any more information on this?

More info: It would have been the 45th Infantry Division or "Thunderbird."

flamethrowerguy
10-24-2008, 02:12 PM
I once read that an American National Guard Division from Arizona was referred too as "Roosevelt's SS/Butchers" by the Germans...Does anyone have any more information on this?

More info: It would have been the 45th Infantry Division or "Thunderbird."

Nick, according to my information the 30th US-Infantry-Division, which was involved in the heavy battles of my hometown (Aachen) under General Leland Hobbs in autumn of 1944, was called like that.

BriteLite
10-24-2008, 06:18 PM
For me it is the “Big Red One”
US 1st Infantry Division
WW1: Cantigny, Soissons, St. Mihiel, Argonne Forest
WW2: N Africa, Sicily, Normandy, West Wall
Vietnam
Desert Storm
Kosovo
Iraqi Freedom
2933

I wanted to serve in this unit but by the time I enlisted the division had redployed to Ft Riley KS.

colonel hogan
12-23-2008, 02:50 PM
101st Airborne Easy Company 2nd Battalion 506th

I definately have to agree on this one. Airborne were the toughest we had besides the Marine Corps.

gunner-B
12-24-2008, 07:43 AM
for me it's got to be Kelly's heroes, their paintball firing Sherman, and their pre hippy hippiness.

Paul

kamehouse
12-24-2008, 01:39 PM
Nick, according to my information the 30th US-Infantry-Division, which was involved in the heavy battles of my hometown (Aachen) under General Leland Hobbs in autumn of 1944, was called like that.
Didn't know you were from Aix-la-Chapelle!
Nick,the 45th were a veteran unit that operated mainly in mountain fight(Sicily,Appenines and High Vosges).
In "7 days in January",Zoepf admit the 45th had more experience in mountain warfare than his unit,the 6.SS-Gebrigs-Division "Nord" during Operation "Nordwind".Tough guys from what I've read in the book.

flamethrowerguy
12-24-2008, 01:51 PM
Didn't know you were from Aix-la-Chapelle!

Aachen, Aix-la-Chapelle, Aken...pick your favourite.;)

Nickdfresh
12-24-2008, 06:19 PM
Nick, according to my information the 30th US-Infantry-Division, which was involved in the heavy battles of my hometown (Aachen) under General Leland Hobbs in autumn of 1944, was called like that.

A belated thank you...

Do you have any info why? Were they considered especially ruthless or brutal towards captured Wehrmacht or the civilian population? Or were they just a bit more tenacious than the typical American infantry division?

flamethrowerguy
12-25-2008, 09:32 PM
A belated thank you...

Do you have any info why? Were they considered especially ruthless or brutal towards captured Wehrmacht or the civilian population? Or were they just a bit more tenacious than the typical American infantry division?

Unfortunately the books don't give away too much about the origin of the nickname. After all they're supposed to pick that name by themselves. Demonstrating determination maybe...

Lambo
12-26-2008, 07:36 PM
5th Pioneer battalion, 5th Marine Division. (my grandfather's unit, he was an Iwo Jima survivor)

jopped
02-26-2009, 07:31 PM
If I had to say, I'd say the segergated unids that served, as well as asian unids. Most served in Italy as far as I know. (761 'black panthers in the West??). I'm not a library when it comes to U.S. unids.

Cheers,
Joppe

peopleselbow
03-05-2009, 03:36 PM
for me its
1.101st airborne
2.82nd airborne
3.1st div
4.8th airforce
5.pattons ghost corps

peopleselbow
04-06-2009, 05:23 PM
mine are
the 1st division
82nd airborne
the 4th division

flamethrowerguy
04-06-2009, 05:32 PM
Oh yes? So what exactly made the 101st Airborne, 8th Airforce and Pattons ghost corps fall out of your favourableness within the last month?
I'm already anxious to learn about you May's favourites!


mine are
the 1st division
82nd airborne
the 4th division


for me its
1.101st airborne
2.82nd airborne
3.1st div
4.8th airforce
5.pattons ghost corps

mosinnagantm9130
04-06-2009, 09:55 PM
Taffy 3.:cool:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taffy_3

angform
08-13-2010, 02:28 PM
The 1st Division & the 101st airborne.

Deaf Smith
08-13-2010, 08:08 PM
Five Three O Seventh leads the pack with me.

And then there is the Filthy Thirteen.

For ground pounders I like 'em.

For flyjockies.... Zemke's 49th and the Satan's Angels (475th.)

And the Seaswabbies... CV-6, hands down.

I like those who went in harms way and did it often.

Deaf

jungleguerilla
08-13-2010, 09:45 PM
The 29th Infantry Division and the 2nd Ranger Battalion.

muscogeemike
10-05-2010, 11:04 PM
albatrosdva, there is a book The Threadbare Buzzard, by Thomas M. Tomlinson, who started the war in the RAF then became a Marine after Pearl Harbor. He was a member of the first VMF 214. He is critical of "Pappy" Boyington and his "Black Sheep", and of the US Navy's treatment of Marine Aviators.

Ronnyguitar
02-02-2011, 05:27 AM
the 82nd airborne who freed my hometown with a spectaculare action called "Nijmegen crossing" here in this video from the movie " A bridge too far" and the hero Major Julian Cook of the 504 pir who led the attack :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj6sbcyVsqw

Ronnyguitar
02-02-2011, 05:37 AM
here some pics from the 82nd at Nijmegen :

http://www.csupomona.edu/~rosenkrantz/paratroop/crossingf.jpg

http://www.csupomona.edu/~rosenkrantz/paratroop/crossingdiagramf.jpg

Third Battalion 504, H & I Companies were the first to cross the Waal River in small canvas/wood boats. First battalion crossed after 11 of the 26 boats returned. The German artillery was able to mow them down as they crossed. In spite of heavy casualties, the men of the 504 prevailed and captured their objective, the North end of the Bridges at Nijmegen. The picture below is a photocopy of a photograph of a mural painted in honor of those who participated in the crossing. (Jan Bos writes: The painting belongs to the Liberation Museum 1944 at Groesbeek and will be on display soon when the museum is going to expand. The smaller picture is part of a wall in the museum. The picture of the crossing is actual of painting that became a dustjacket for a book on the 82nd Airborne Division - sold out - no English translation.)

http://www.csupomona.edu/~rosenkrantz/paratroop/waal.jpg

www.csupomona.eu

skorzeny57
02-02-2011, 01:13 PM
The 6th Ranger Battailon that, under the command of Liuteneant Colonel Henry Mucci, freed the Cabanatuan prison camp (Luzon Island, Philippines) on January 1945.

Laconia
03-15-2011, 06:42 PM
Mine is the 442nd RCT, Niesei (Americans of Japanese descent). These men served their country despite their relatives being interned by their own government. Also, their combat record was second to none. "Go for Broke" said it all!

Thurman
03-27-2011, 06:57 PM
"Navy Seabees"

In particular the 133rd Seabee Battalion, Iwo-jima 2/19/45




During the 26-day battle for Iwo Jima, elements of the 133rd NCB bulldozed debris on the beaches and made access roads. A vehicle maintenance group kept trucks, jeeps, tractors, and other equipment running. Surveyors and draftsmen were assigned intelligence tasks and kept daily maps and reports for the Marines.


The 133rd NCB suffered the highest total of any Seabee unit in history.

After Iwo Jima was declared secure, the 4th Marine Division returned to Maui, Hawaii, and the 133rd NCB, reduced by casualties to 75% of its full strength, remained on the island to help build B-29 airfields. The battalion worked two 12-hour shifts seven days a week and was subjected to occasional night air raid alerts, several attacks, and daytime sniper fire from enemy survivors still living in numerous tunnels and caves that remained intact after the battle.

The B-29 airfields on Iwo Jima saved the lives of more than 25,000 Army Air Corpsmen whose planes were so damaged from air raids over Japan that they never could have returned to their home bases on Guam and Tinian. This was some consolation for those of us who saw the sacrifices made by the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and their attached units.

muscogeemike
03-30-2011, 04:20 PM
Thurman, I join you in honoring the 133d NCB, but it wasn’t the lives of “more than 25,00 Army Air Corpsmen” they helped save.
The US Army Air Corps became the US Army Air Force in April of 1941. Technically there was no “US Army Air Corps” active in WWII.
The crews were Soldiers and Airmen

Just a sideline - after the institution of the US Air Force as a separate branch of the US Military it would be 43 years before the US would “win” another war.

colmhain
03-31-2011, 08:34 PM
Any unit that went into action anywhere.

And those that didn't, because they don't decide where they're going.

Amen, Brother. Many forget, or don't even know, that it took something like 10 people behind the lines for every 1 frontline soldier. All of them nessessary. Command, logistics and supply, motor pool, medical, clerical, non combat engineers, intelligence, ad infinitum.:army: All of them Heroes. (I need a Kleenex, no kidding!)

Bugajskij Pavlo
04-01-2011, 06:40 AM
For me 75th Ranger Regiment

Teufelhund
04-05-2011, 08:24 PM
1st Bn. 5th Marines. "Make Peace, Or Die!"

jamestallakson
04-30-2011, 08:13 PM
3rd batallion, 5th Marine regiment, 1st Marine Division Semper Fi Corporal Sledge!

Hawk914
08-07-2011, 02:49 PM
Lessee... my favorite outfit... well, if they flew P-40s, they're my favorite outfit. lol


Fade to Black...

wilkere
08-11-2011, 10:00 PM
Any WW2 Pacific Marine Unit

yvette
08-26-2011, 08:19 PM
82nd Airborne 504 P.I.R. My dad served with them.

muscogeemike
08-29-2011, 10:47 AM
Topographic Engineers

zachwood12
12-06-2011, 11:45 AM
My favorite unit was the 352nd FG, 487th Fighters squadron also known as the Bule Nosed Bastards.

Kovalski
12-15-2011, 07:02 PM
I have no favorite military unit of my own. I never took part in combat, nor spoken to any war veteran who would told me of his unit.
All I know about some squadrons, divisions etc. comes from books, movies or internet. If that was a some sort of determining factor, my favorite unit for today would be the 303rd BG because I'm in the middle of B.D. O'Neill's "Half wing, three engines and a prayer". But few weeks ago it was 1st Marine Div. And before that was British 1st Airborne Div.
I'm just wondering how many units got no "fans" because there was nobody left alive to write the memoirs or share their combat stories with others.
I think Rising Sun got the point.

EagleMMDCXVI
02-13-2012, 02:13 AM
Any unit that served in any war or during peace. But if I had to choose one or two it would be the 10th Mountain Division because if it wasn't for them the skiing in Colorado would not be what it is today.