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This website is dedicated to my grandfather Albert W. (Bill) Giegold, who served in the 82nd Airborne, 508th PIR during World War II.

Bill in field
 

 

 

Bill Color Guard
( The picture above was taken after Bill was appointed to President Eisenhower's Color Guard. )

Bill was a Tec 5 Machine Gunner with the 82nd Airborne, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fox-Company. During the first month of the Normany Invasion, Bill spent quite a bit of time with mixed forces, some 82nd, members of other companies, even glider troops who were most likely part of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment.

VE Day
( The picture above shows a few soldiers, including Bill's buddy Jimmy Caruso and two gentlemen reading the paper that was published on VE Day. )

The Tec 5 rank was discontinued after World War II and the "Specialist" rank was introduced, it was one rank above Corporal, but carried no leadership responsibilities. The "tec" part of the rank meant the soldier's promotion was based on his training. The insignia itself was 2 stripes on the sleeve with a "T" underneath. Paratroopers carried around 100-pounds of gear when they jumped. A "leg bag" was attached to a 15-foot rope that was to be deployed below the trooper. In most cases, the snap of wind once the trooper stepped out the door of the C-47 was so intense, they were unable to drop the leg bag, as such, many were injured just from their jump. Others weren't so lucky and were shot in the air by various antiairborne landing groups.

Within the pages of this website, you will read eyewitness accounts of various events Bill was involved in. There are even voice clips taken during a reunion years ago which Bill attended.

 

82nd Airborne Choir singing "All American"

 

 

Notice:

All content on this website is documented information provided by Bill or others during reunions, taken from stories related after Bill's return from the war, and/or taken from depositions. All images are copyrighted by either the 508th PIR, the 82nd Airborne or A Red Devil's Home/A+ Web Designs.