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Four Stars of Valor
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Phil Nordyke
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Zenith Press
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The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
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This is the combat history of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment—the only parachute regiment to make four combat jumps during World War II—as told in the words of the veterans and written by the regiment's official historian. No less an authority than General Matthew B. Ridgway, who commanded the 82nd Airborne Division during much of World War II said "the 505 was the best parachute regiment to come out of World War II." Drawing on interviews, oral history transcripts, written accounts, memoirs, and unpublished written accounts from over 300 surviving veterans of the 505th and its supporting units, author Phil Nordyke brings the history of the regiment to life, conveying with remarkable immediacy and power what it was like to be there—from the first American mass combat jump to some of the fiercest fighting at the forefront of six major campaigns: Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Germany. Four Stars of Valor is history as was lived by the men of the 505th, from their pre-war 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 post-war legacy of having been part of an elite regiment with a record unsurpassed in the annals of combat..

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