In mid-1943 James Megellas, known as “Maggie” to his fellow
paratroopers, joined the 82d Airborne Division, his new “home” for
the duration. His first taste of combat was in the rugged mountains
In October 1943, when most of the 82d departed Italy to prepare for
the D-Day invasion of France, Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, the Fifth Army
commander, requested that the division’s 504th Parachute Infantry
Regiment, Maggie’s outfit, stay... more...