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551st Parachute Infantry Association

551st Parachute Infantry Association

The 551st Parachute Infantry Association, originally activated back in 1984, is now re-activated. To become a member email us at info@551pib.us. GOYA!

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551st Parachute Infantry Association

Our Battalion mascot “Furlough” dutifully keeps watch over the monument to the GOYAs of the 551st Parachute Infantry during a chilly Saturday morning here at Fort Benning - our eternal thanks to the Paratroopers of the 551st, their descendants, friends and supporters, who will keep the memories of their service during WWII alive for generations to come..... ... See More from 551See Less from 551

Our Battalion mascot “Furlough” dutifully keeps watch over the monument to the GOYAs of the 551st Parachute Infantry during a chilly Saturday morning here at Fort Benning - our eternal thanks to the Paratroopers of the 551st, their descendants, friends and supporters, who will keep the memories of their service during WWII alive for generations to come.....

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Merci éternel au 551 qui a libéré ma ville des nazis en aout 1944 ! 🇺🇸🇫🇷

GOYA!!!

Goya!!!!😊😊😊💖💖💖💖💖💖🇺🇸

Pensées pour tout c'est jeune hommes qui ont libéré mon village en janvier 1945❤

GOYA!

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4 weeks ago

Joel Baum

Hello, to the family of Charles Brown "Brownie", I have found some informations about the Belgian people on these photos, taken in Juslenville, in January 1945. ... See More from 551See Less from 551

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That’s my grandfather!

Franklin W. Zehner was one of the original GOYAs of the 551st, having been assigned to the newly designated Battalion upon completion of Parachute Rigger School in December 1942 - he arrived in Panama with the main body of the 551st in early January 1943, being assigned to the Detachment Service Company, 551st Parachute Infantry on 03 January 1943 & would remain with the Battalion in the Parachute Rigger Section - here are some documents & publications that belonged to then PFC Zehner, along with a few snapshots of him in front of the Battalion’s barracks at Fort Kobbe, Panama - GOYA! AIRBORNE!! ... See More from 551See Less from 551

Several weeks ago, Ms. Pamla Swiger, daughter of Sergeant Franklin W. Zehner, an original GOYA and Parachute Rigger with the Detachment Service Company, 551st Parachute Infantry, graciously shared many of her Father's photos, manuals, documents and other artifacts from his service with the 551st, as well as the 505th and 507th Parachute Infantry Regiments at the end of WWII; what is also unique about Sergeant Zehner is that he was already a qualified Parachutist and "Smokejumper" with the U.S. Forest Service, making 17 jumps between 23 June and 28 September 1941, before entering the Army and completing Jump School and Parachute Rigger School here at Fort Benning in November - December 1942. I'll be sharing additional photos and documents related to Sergeant Zehner over the next few weeks - GOYA! ... See More from 551See Less from 551

Several weeks ago, Ms. Pamla Swiger, daughter of Sergeant Franklin W. Zehner, an original GOYA and Parachute Rigger with the Detachment Service Company, 551st Parachute Infantry, graciously shared many of her Fathers photos, manuals, documents and other artifacts from his service with the 551st, as well as the 505th and 507th Parachute Infantry Regiments at the end of WWII; what is also unique about Sergeant Zehner is that he was already a qualified Parachutist and Smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service, making 17 jumps between 23 June and 28 September 1941, before entering the Army and completing Jump School and Parachute Rigger School here at Fort Benning in November - December 1942.  Ill be sharing additional photos and documents related to Sergeant Zehner over the next few weeks - GOYA!Image attachment

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That's really cool

I really look forward to reading more about and seeing more pictures of Sgt Zehner. Pamela Swiger, thanks for sharing.

When the 551st was inactivated on 27 January 1945, many of the surviving GOYAs were assigned to the 505th RCT of the 82d ABN DIV; the 505th continues today with the 1-505th and 2-505th PIRs assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82d Airborne Division

Rest easy Paratrooper....It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Pfc. Jean Cruz De Leon, a grenadier assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He died from injuries sustained during a training event in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

We will never forget you, fly high!
Paratroopers never die, they just slip away.
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When the 551st was inactivated on 27 January 1945, many of the surviving GOYAs were assigned to the 505th RCT of the 82d ABN DIV; the 505th continues today with the 1-505th and 2-505th PIRs assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82d Airborne Division

Rest easy Paratrooper....

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My uncle George Gerold was reassigned from B company 551st PIB to F company 2nd Battalion 505th PIR.

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