G Company, 3rd BN

136-Mile March from
Atlanta to Fort Benning
December 1942

In late November 1942, with the "A" Stage training behind them, the 506th was ordered to Fort Benning for parachute training. In December, the 3rd Battalion boarded trains for the trip from Camp Toccoa to Atlanta (Fort McPherson), from where they marched for the remainder of the trip to Benning, a distance of 136 miles, setting a new world's record for an endurance march, previously held by the Japanese Army. Regimental Headquarters also marched from Atlanta to Fort Benning with the 3rd Battalion.

photos from Don Coil [G Co, 3-506th PIR, Sep 42-Feb 43; SV Co (Rigger), Feb 43-Nov 45]
G Company Barracks

In front of the G Company barracks at Camp Toccoa
-- everything is packed for the train trip to Atlanta.

First Break

First break on the march from Atlanta to Benning

First Break

Another first-break photo

SGT Skeen

(L-R): SGT Charles R. "Bob" Skeen and 3rd Platoon SGT, name unknown.

G Company

G Company

Another Break

Another break

On the Move

On the move

Coil and Grimes

(L-R): Don Coil and Merville Grimes

One More Break

One more break

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This page updated 04/06/13