Original U.S. WWII Named 82nd Airborne 325 Glider Infantry Regiment D-Day Veteran Uniform Grouping With Photos - 24 Items
Original Items: Only One Grouping Available. Technician 4th Grade Paul K. Deviney (ASN: 34255873) enlisted on March 16, 1942 out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon his initial training and schooling, he was assigned to the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment which was apart of the 82nd Airborne Division. He took part in the following Campaigns during the war: Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was awarded an EAME medal with 6 Bronze Service Stars and 1 Bronze Service Arrowhead along with his Army Good Conduct Medal. He served a total of 2 years, 4 months and 16 days overseas and was discharged on September 25, 1945.
Called to active duty again during World War II on 25 March 1942, the regiment he was part of formed under the command of Colonel Claudius M. Easley at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. After initial training, the regiment was reorganized as a glider infantry unit when the 82nd Infantry Division was reorganized as the 82nd Airborne Division in August 1942, and the 325th was redesignated the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment.
The Grouping Consists of the Following:
- Ike Jacket With 82nd ABD Shoulder Insignia: The ike jacket is in wonderful condition but appears to have been stripped of awards by either Deviney himself or family members for display purposes. The only items left on the jacket is the lovely 82nd Airborne patch with rocker, a moth nip ridden Ruptured Duck (remnants remain) and collar discs.
- Trousers: The trousers are in fantastic condition and are nicely marked with purple laundry pen (not sharpie) with Deviney P.K. Co. E.
- Foil and Paint Glass Decor: This is a strange one and almost appears as being stained glass. This 13” x 8 ½” piece of glass appears to have been hand made of a light foil and paint. We are uncertain as to what this was made for but the cuts in the glass make it appear as if it was in a frame at one point.
- 5” x 3 ½” Photo: The photo appears to have been sent home by Deviney to his mother. Fortunately he wrote on the back of it where it was taken and when: Belgium May 16, 1945.
- Yardlong Photo: This is a graduation yardlong for “Company E, 325th Infantry, 82md Division” at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana in April 1942. Unfortunately, as with most encountered yardlongs, it spent many years rolled up. There is creasing and cracking in the image, so use caution when framing or displaying.
- x3 Overseas Covers: The convers are in fantastic condition with one being for the North Carolina Veterans od Foreign Wars post 2087. The 3rd one appears to have been made for reunion purposes.
- Uniform Items Including Two 82nd ABD Insignia: The items include 1 82nd Patch with rocker and 1 without, a Glider Infantry cap roundel, 325th Glider unit crest, Glider badge, ribbons with devices missing on the EAME, 3 Technician 4th Grade chevrons, Deviney’s dogtag, collar discs and VFW pin. Another item is a 1941 “Goodluck” Wheat Penny from E.F. Craven Company.
This is an incredible grouping perfect for the Glider Infantry collector! There is a lot of research potential with this one. Comes more than ready for further research and display.
Collar to shoulder: 10”
Shoulder to sleeve: 26”
Shoulder to shoulder: 16”
Chest width: 18”
Waist width: 17.5"
Hip width: 17.5”
Front length:23 "
The 325th Infantry Regiment was activated in the National Army on 25 August 1917, almost five months after the American entry into World War I. The regiment was part of the 82nd Division. Under the command of Colonel Walter M. Whitman, a professional Regular Army officer, the regiment, which was composed of large numbers of wartime volunteers and conscripts, also known as draftees, trained at Camp Gordon, Georgia as part of the 164th Infantry Brigade of the 82nd Infantry Division. However, only a small cadre of professional Regular Army soldiers were originally assigned to the 325th. The cadre was intended to train the many hundreds of new conscripts, most of whom recently called up and were very young and had had no prior military service, who would soon be entering the camp.
The 325th, along with the 326th Infantry Regiment, which also formed part of the 164th Infantry Brigade, was composed of men from the "Deep South". Soon after, the 82nd Division was instructed by the War Department to send its men to other camps in order to help create other units. This left the regiment with only a small training cadre of just under 800 officers and men. They were replaced by conscripts from all 48 states, giving rise to the 82nd Division's nickname of the "All Americans".
After further training in France, the regiment was committed to Toul sector from 18 June - 10 August 1918. After a brief rest, the regiment returned to the line to participate in the offensive to reduce the St. Mihiel salient, securing the southern shoulder of the breach.
From 26 September - 9 October 1918, the regiment waited to be committed to the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. At 07:00 on 10 October, the regiment attacked to seize the Cornay Ridge, then continued the attack across the Aire River. Following the Armistice of 11 November 1918, the regiment returned to the United States and was demobilized on 18 May 1919 at Camp Upton, New York.
Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Company A, 325th Infantry, an element of the 82d Division (later redesignated as the 82d Airborne Division)
Organized in January 1922 at Columbus, Georgia.
Called to active duty again during World War II on 25 March 1942, the regiment formed under the command of Colonel Claudius M. Easley at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. After initial training, the regiment was reorganized as a glider infantry unit when the 82nd Infantry Division was reorganized as the 82nd Airborne Division in August 1942, and the 325th was redesignated the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment.
After further training, the regiment deployed to North Africa under the command of Colonel Harry L. Lewis. The regiment was not committed to combat until they conducted a landing at Salerno, Italy, on 15 September 1943. It was not, however, by glider but by landing craft
After service in the Italian campaign, the regiment deployed to England and conducted further training in preparation for Operation Overlord. Conducting a glider-borne assault on 7 June 1944, the day after the initial Normandy landings, the regiment fought in Normandy for over a month, sustaining heavy casualties before being withdrawn to England. On 9 June 1944 the 325th earned its first and only Medal of Honor of the war, belonging to Private First Class Charles N. DeGlopper.
Committed to another glider-borne assault in September 1944, the regiment fought in Holland as part of Operation Market Garden and later saw service in the Battle of the Bulge under Colonel Charles Billingslea.
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