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82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION

FORT BENNING MONUMENT

 

 

ABOUT US

OUR STORY

OUR MISSION

In September of 2013, Rick Dalton attended a reunion at Ft. Benning, GA, Rick toured the National Infantry museum and attended a Monument Ceremony on The Walk of Honor at The National Infantry Museum. A friend observed to Rick that the 82nd Airborne Division was not represented with a Monument on the Walk of Honor.

 

In April of 2014, Rick spoke about this subject at a reunion of The Golden Brigade Chapter. The Chapter ultimately decided not to sponsor the effort, but many of Ricks fellow Vietnam Veterans encouraged Rick to push forward.

 

Rick became a delegate for the 82nd Airborne Division Association at the 2015 National Convention. Rick was able to bring the Monument Drive to the attention of the National Delegates. Again, the project was not adopted, but many Delegates encouraged Rick to carry on.

 

Rick consulted friends from the NCOC reunion, who had placed a monument on the Walk of Honor as to how to proceed. He was directed to make a contact at the National Infantry Museum. Rick was able to make a contact and spend time with the Executive Director learning the Policies and Procedures involved and also toured the available plots and chose the best site to support a Monument to the 82nd Airborne Division. It was also decided to Honor the 82 Division from WWI.

 

Rick began to attend every Reunion , Convention, and even Chapter meetings that he could. If Rick could get any one to listen,he used his 5 minute pitch to get the message out. Rick began to be known by many people within the Association. One of Ricks prouder moments was placing a wreath from The 82nd Airborne Association at the Vietnam Wall on Veterans day 2016.

 

Ed Herlihy, who was elected to lead the Association for the 2017 year, instructed Rick to form a committee. The Association would not be able to help financially, but would help put the word out and help smooth the way.

 

The committee was Rick Dalton, Chairman, Mike Oesch, Vice Chairman and Allen Schoppe, Treasurer.  A decision was made that in the event that too much money was gathered, any leftover funds would be donated to the Association.

 

In September of 2017, funds were conveyed to the National Infantry Museum to secure Plot E-5 and a contract was signed regarding the placement of the Monument. Also in 2017, work began on the website which you are viewing today and  professionals were hired to design and facilitate the construction of the Monument.

A preliminary design is expected literally any day now...

 

We are working towards creating a monument for the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Benning at the National Infantry Museum.

WHY DONATE?

This year is the 101st Anniversary of the 82nd Division.  A Division that has been the backbone of our Nation's military for so long and is not yet represented in our National Infantry Museum.  Help us to honor these heroes who played a critical role in the lives of each and every American providing the freedoms we all enjoy today.  They are still fighting for our freedom and protection today.

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THE WALK OF HONOR

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25th Infantry Division

 

Constituted in Hawaii in 1941, The 25th Infantry Division served with distiction in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts.

Americal

 

23rd Infantry Division

 

The 23rd Infantry Division, also known as the Americal Division was formed 1942 and served in WWII. It was deactivated in 1945. Also Active 1951 through 1956 and 1967 through 1971 for service in Vietnam.

"Shake N Bake"

 

Non Commissioned Officers Candidates

 

The Non Commissioned Officers Candidate Course (Infantry) produced Infantry NCO's to be squad leaders and Platoon Sgt's primarily in Vietnam. Located at Ft. Benning, the  course trained 26,000 NCO's from 1967 through 1973. The " Shake n Bakes" produced four Medal of Honor recipients, all posthumous.

 

"Ivy Division"

 

4th Infantry Ivy Division

 

 Born in 1917 for service in WWI and deactivated in 1921. Reactivated in 1940 for WWII and continuous service ever since, including Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Deeds, Not Words"

 

22nd Infantry Regiment

 

The 22nd Infantry Regiment, formed in 1861 , served in the Civil War and is still active today.

Rescorla

 

Rick Rescorla, "Hero of the la Drang Valley", died on September 11th.

 

Rick Rescorla had a career in the British Military and then joined the United States Army. He served in Vietnam in the First Calvary Division and was awarded a Silver Star and was called The Hero of The Ia Drang Valley by some. After Vietnam, he became head of security for a major company based in the Twin Towers in New York City. On September 11, 2001, he was credited with evacuating over 2600 employees. He went back in to search for more survivors and was never seen again.

Empty Plot E-5

 

The 82nd Airborne Division started life as the 82nd Division in 1917 in World War I....It was reborn as the 82nd Airborne Division in 1942 and has served valiantly since then. WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq are just some of the places that the 82D/82nd Airborne has served.

 

 

 

The Division should have a Monument on The Walk of Honor. Plot E-5 has been selected and secured as the future site of a Monument to the Men and Women of 82D/82nd Airborne.

 

Proposed Monument

 

This is the front view of the proposed monument for the 82nd Airborne.

Overhead View

 

This is the front view of the proposed monument for the 82nd Airborne.

Front View

 

This is the front view of the proposed monument for the 82nd Airborne.

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"I support anything that promotes the 82nd Airborne Division"

- Ed Herlihy, Past President, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Rick Dalton

United States

 

 

Rick Dalton

CHAIRMAN

Phil Griglio

HISTORIAN

Kimberly Holmes

WEBSITE DESIGN

Allen Schoppe

TREASURER

Mike Oesch

VICE CHAIRMAN

Michael B. Pearson

MONUMENT DESIGN

Robert Pearson

MONUMENT FACILITATOR

82nd Charter Donors

Rick Dalton

The Vein Specialists,L.L.C.  (Dr. Kathryn Bohn & Dr. Thomas Nielsen)

 

Silver Donors

Norval Taliaferro

Bronze Donors

Golden Brigade Chapter

Carl Bludau

Raymond Henry

Horace Mullins

Carrol Sylvester

LTC R.C. Gaddi (USA Ret)

Mike Oesch

Littig & Associates L.L.C.

Les Hayes

504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association

Thomas Maffey

 

Valued Donors

T.E. Beikes Indianapolis Chapter

Paddy Barry

Ed Herlihy

Robert Murrill

Linda Honeggar

William Mayhew

Dennis & Dorene Scoggin

Wes Dobson

Bruce Kinzer

Dr. George & Cathy Schuler

Jerry Vogler

Joe Zwanzig

Bloomington Normal Spine Clinic

Rick Gilman

Carl Lehman

Chuck Asher

John Lane

James Cromer

Leo Dobson

Gerald Kennedy

South Jersey Chapter

 

Platinum Donors

Brashear Pavement Coatings, L.L.C.

Gold Donors

James Etherton-Detroit Chapter

 

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