Original U.S. WWII Named St. Mere-Eglise D-Day Veteran 82nd / 17th Airborne Divisions Glider Infantry Ike Jacket Grouping - T/5 Clarence E. Pfaus

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Original Items: Only One Grouping Available. Now this is a fantastic grouping attributed to a member of not only the 82nd Airborne Division but the 17th Airborne Division as well! Technician 5th Grade Clarence E. Pfaus (16063323) served during WWII and took part in the following Campaigns: Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Rhineland, Central Europe and the Ardennes. He jumped on D-Day during the Normandy Invasion with the 82nd Airborne Division, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment in the Utah Beach Area of St. Mere-Eglise. We confirmed this with the American D-Day rosters and can be found here: PFAUS CLARENCE E at the American D-Day Org Website.

Clarence E. Pfaus enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 17, 1942 out of Detroit, Michigan. We believe he served with the 82nd Airborne for the duration of the war and mustered in with the 17th during the occupation until he was discharged on September 19, 1945. During his time in the service he received the EAME Theater Medal (W/ 6 Bronze Stars and 1 Bronze Arrowhead), Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Included in this grouping is an EAME Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (2 Oak Leaves) and an honorable discharge “Ruptured Duck” lapel pin. Also included with the uniform grouping is a folder of COPIES of his service information. The service information is detailed in with his Honorable Discharge certificate, making that a wonderful research starting point.

The Ike jacket is a wonderful example of a “dual unit” insignia uniform. The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia that is worn on the left shoulder represents the service member’s current unit, which in this case is the 17th Airborne Division, while the right shoulder is reserved for the Shoulder Sleeve Insignia — Former Wartime Service (SSI-FWTS), also known as the Combat patch, which in this case is the 82nd Airborne Division. The SSI-FWTS is a military patch that should be worn with pride as it shows that the soldier put their life on the line to protect their country in a combat zone. Army combat patches are only awarded to those who were in active combat operations and include the insignia of the unit that the soldier served in combat with, a practice still seen today in the US Army.

Also featured on the Ike Jacket are the standard Infantry collar discs, T/5 Chevrons on both sleeves, 5 Overseas Stripes (2.5 Years), 1 Service stripe, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Good Conduct Ribbon, EAME Ribbon (2 Bronze Stars, 1 Arrowhead), and a Gliber Badge (With 3 Stars) on a 325th Glider Infantry Oval (blue with white trim). The jacket is named to Pfaus and is marked on the inside left with a laundry marker and not sharpie. Included in the uniform set is his named service shirt and tie.

This is a wonderful grouping, perfect for the Airborne collector of WWII. Comes more than ready for further research and display.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: 9.5"
Shoulder to sleeve: 24”
Shoulder to shoulder: 16”
Chest width: 19”
Waist width: 16.5"
Hip width: 16.5”
Front length: 23"

Collar to shoulder: 10"
Shoulder to sleeve: 21”
Shoulder to shoulder: 15”
Chest width: 19.5”
Waist width: 20"
Hip width: 17”
Front length: 31.5"

325th Glider Infantry
The 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment is a light infantry parachute insertion fighting force of the United States Army. The subordinate units of the regiment constitute the bulk of the infantry elements assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

The 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment deploys anywhere in the world, within 18 hours of notification. The regiment conducts forced entry parachute assaults to seize, retain, and defend airfields or other assets, then increases combat power in order to control land, people, and resources.

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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