Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II

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Hailing from the big cities and small towns of America, young men came together after the attack on Pearl Harbor to serve their country and the greater good. Those assigned to the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) arguably became the best PIR to descend upon Europe in World War II, making a record four combat jumps (Sicily, Salerno, Normandy, and Holland). Drawing on interviews with surviving veterans and oral history recordings as well as official archives and unpublished written accounts from the 505th ...

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Overview

Hailing from the big cities and small towns of America, young men came together after the attack on Pearl Harbor to serve their country and the greater good. Those assigned to the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) arguably became the best PIR to descend upon Europe in World War II, making a record four combat jumps (Sicily, Salerno, Normandy, and Holland). Drawing on interviews with surviving veterans and oral history recordings as well as official archives and unpublished written accounts from the 505th and their supporting units, author Phil Nordyke brings the history of the regiment to life. Four Stars of Valor conveys with immediacy and power what it was like to spearhead the invasion of Sicily in the first American mass combat jump, to be the only U.S. parachute regiment with combat experience at Normandy, and to liberate the first town in France. This is history as it was lived by the men of the 505th, from their prewar coming of age in the regiment, through the end of World War II, when they marched in the Victory Parade up Fifth Avenue in New York, to the postwar legacy of having been part of an elite parachute regiment with a record unsurpassed in the annals of combat.

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WWII History Magazine, May 2007
"Few authors love the 82nd Airborne Division more than Phil Nordyke. His earlier books, All American, All the Way and The All Americans in World War II, chronicle the division's exploits in the Mediterranean and European theaters; Four Stars of Valor is his way of honoring one of the division's stellar regiments--the 505th...Basing his book on extensive archival research as well as the memoirs and interviews of over 300 veterans, Nordyke takes the reader from the 505th's prewar days, through basic and airborne training, and into the unfriendly skies above enemy-held territory, conveying with remarkable immediacy and power what it was like to be an American airborne trooper engaged in heavy combat during World War II...Four Stars of Valor is essential reading for anyone moved by the American fighting man's courage, discipline, and devotion to duty."

Military Book Club
"Author Phil Nordyke, voted official historian of the 505th Regimental Combat Team in 2003, provides an unparalleled view of one of WW II's premier units guaranteed to quench anyone’s thirst for true-combat reading."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760339053
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2010
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 780,613
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Nordyke is the official historian of the 505th Regimental Combat Team Association. He is the author of All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II and More Than Courage: Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe: The Combat History of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II. He lives in McKinney, Texas, with his wife, Nancy, and their younger son, Robert. Their older son, Jason, and daughter, Amy, attend Texas Tech University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 8

Chapter 1 "As Tough And Intelligent A Group Of Fighting Men As Ever Pulled On Jump Boots" 10

Chapter 2 "If You Fell Out, You Were Dismissed from The Regiment" 25

Chapter 3 "Africa Was A Living Hell" 41

Chapter 4 "The Eyes of the World Are Upon You. The Hopes And Prayers Of Every American Go With You." 57

Chapter 5 "A Blazing Hell Of Mortar, Artillery, And Small Arms Fire" 79

Chapter 6 "The Italians Were Something Less Than Enthused About Fighting" 95

Chapter 7 "A Scene I Would Carry With Me Always" 116

Chapter 8 "An Irresistible Force That Nothing Could Stop" 134

Chapter 9 "A Small Unit Performance That Has Seldom Been Equaled" 155

Chapter 10 "The 82nd Airborne Division's Undiscovered World War II Equivalent Of Sergeant Alvin C. York" 178

Chapter 11 "I Would Rather Have A Platoon Of Those Men Than A Battalion Of Regular Infantry" 196

Chapter 12 "The Sky Is Full Of Silk" 222

Chapter 13 "All Of The Men Worshipped Him" 243

Chapter 14 "You Fired Fast And Straight Or You Were Dead" 258

Chapter 15 "We Were Not Going To Pull Back...If they Take Us Back, They're Going To have To Carry Us Back" 284

Chapter 16 "Boy, I Feel Sorry For The First Germans Those Guys Get Ahold Of" 307

Chapter 17 "The Krauts Are All Around Us" 327

Chapter 18 "The Company I Came to Know and Love No Longer Existed" 349

Chapter 19 "Is This Armageddon"" 378

Chapter 20 "Fugitives From The Laws Of Averages" 395

Epilogue: "Invisible Pathfinders" 414

Notes 418

Bibliography 453

Index To Maps 465

Index 466

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Awesome

    This book is freaken awesome rhis is the best book that i have ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Four staa Four stars of valor

    If you like ww2 paratroop stories this is one of the best it goes all the way from trainimg at benning to training in africa to d-day jumps in normandy to market-garden to jumping right into to hitlers "eagles nest" great read if your an airborne fan orjust military history buff great buy worth it would pay much more for it ENJOY!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    This is a well recomended book.

    You will run down the battery on your nook, For any one who studies World War Two this is a must read I also chose this book because an Uncle was in the 505th as a Chaplin during the war

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