HEADQUARTERS AIRBORNE COMMAND
ARMY GROUND FORCES
Camp Mackall, North Carolina
     
GENERAL ORDERS)
                                  :
NUMBER             40)
 

April 27, 1943

 

SECTION I.
CITATION
 
     

1. The Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry is cited for outstanding performance of duty during the period December 1 to December 4, 1942.

2. The Second Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry made a forced march from Camp Toccoa, Ga., to Atlanta, Ga., a total distance of 118 miles. The elapsed time for the march was 75 hours and 15 minutes; actual marching time, 33 hours and 30 minutes.

3. The march was made during unusually severe weather conditions. The temperature was frequently below freezing and there was continual rain and snow during the entire period of the march. Approximately 100 miles of the march was made over rough and muddy roads. The march was made with full field equipment, less rolls. The entire strength of the battalion, including officers and enlisted men, was 586, Of these, only twelve (12) failed to complete the march.

4. The march was an outstanding accomplishment and established a record, the equal of which could not be found in official records. The success of the march was due, not only to the inspiration and high type of leadership displayed by the officers and non commissioned officers of the Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, but to the espirit, morale and individual stamina possessed by each and every member of that unit.

   

REMINGTON ORSINGER
Colonel, General Staff Corps,
Acting Chief of Staff
OFFICIAL:
H. J. DIETENHOFER
Captain, A.G.D.
Adjutant General
   



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