All American Legacy | The History of the 82nd Airborne Division
From its birth in 1917 before World War I, through its redesignation as the nation's first Airborne Division for World War II, the lesser-known conflicts in Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Grenada, to today where our Paratroopers continue to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan - no other military unit boasts the history and legacy of the 82nd Airborne Division. Join us as we explore the 100 years of courage, sacrifice, and victories that define the All Americans through the eyes of the Paratroopers who lived it.

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46 - Watershed l Lessons Learned in Grenada

Thirty four years ago the United States invaded the Caribbean island of Grenada, rescued some medical students, and rounded-up a gang of thugs and criminals, along with their Cuban communist backers. The 82nd Airborne Division, in a display of its rapid response capability, led the charge.  If you did not know or do not remember this, you’re not alone.  In fact, more than a few people back then had a hard time pronouncing the name of the place or even locating it in the right hemisphere.

The conflict was wrapped up in a matter of weeks and America moved. But in the 82nd’s 100-year history the invasion of Grenada turned out to be a very big deal.  This was a critical moment in the life of the Division, one that would shape the way we organize for combat and prepare to deploy today.  

This episode, featuring the voices of All American Paratroopers who fought in Grenada, is a postmortem of that operation and the role of America’s Guard of Honor with [...]

2018-01-09 04:30:00 UTC

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