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The Devils in Baggy Pants. It’s one of the most storied nicknames and one of the most prestigious units in American military history.
On Episode 11 we revisit the moment that made the black-hearted devils, the 82nd Airborne Division’s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, legendary.
In January of 1944, in an effort to strike a decisive blow against the Germans, the 504th made a seaborne assault on Anzio. What followed was some of the most barbarous, grinding combat of World War II. Neither side would claim victory but the 504th would be feared for the rest of the war.
We spoke with the Paratroopers who fought with the 504th at Anzio. James “Maggie” Megellas, who turned 100 earlier this month, went on to become the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division. Roy Hanna, who also turned 100 this year, was shot in the chest at Anzio and continued leading his men with a bullet lodged between his ribs. T. Moffatt Burris saw some of the fiercest fighting in American combat history.
In this episode we find out that the spirit of these Devils in baggy pants remains alive in today’s All American Paratroopers.
Finally, Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, 82nd Airborne Division public affairs officer, talks about a piece of famous All American history that may be more myth than fact.
The All American Legacy Podcast is produced by the 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs Office and hosted by Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, Master Sgt. Dan Bailey, Sgt. 1st Class Alex Burnett, and Staff Sgt. Will Reinier.
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50 - Airborne Leader l A Discussion With A Paratrooper Turned Statesman
49 - America's 911 - The Global Response Force
48 - The Are Only Gone If They Are Forgotten l Memories of the 505th
47 - Airborne Leadership l A Discussion with Mentors For Military
46 - Watershed l Lessons Learned in Grenada
45 - The Brave Ones l A Discussion with Mike MacLeod
44 - A New Parachute I Transition to the T-11
43 - Boots On the Ground l The 2003 Invasion of Iraq
42 - Armistice l The Story of Veterans Day
41 - Revisiting Alvin York l A Closer Look at the Myths Surrounding the Greatest Legend in All American History
40 - Hot in the Cold War l DomRep, 1965
39 - Line in the Sand l War in the Desert
38 - Natural Disaster l Earthquake in Haiti
37 - Paid in Blood l A Story of Partnership, A Story of Victory
36 – Longest War l Devil Brigade in Afghanistan, 2017
35 - War on Terror l Baghdad 2003
34 - The Battle Against ISIS l Falcon Brigade in Iraq and Syria
33 - A Violent, Complicated Place l Success and Tragedy in Kosovo, Part 2
32 - A Violent, Complicated Place l Success and Tragedy in Kosovo, Part 1
31 - Hourglass
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