What We Did: The 17th Airbone Division was essentially a volunteer group of young men, much more like 18-year old young boys, of great patriotic fervor, who were willing to risk life and limb, to serve our country then at war in World War II. The 17th Airborne was activated in April 15, 1943 in Camp Mackall in Hoffman, NC, with 8,000 young men, trained by a cadre from the 101st Airborne Divsion from Fort Bragg, NC. The division underwent the Tennessee Maneuvers in Tennesssee before embarking for overseas service in Europe. The 17th's initial battle was in 1944 at the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and Luxembourg under George Patton's U.S. Third Army to have helped rescued the 101st Airborne trapped in the city of Bastogne. It was later used to help pushed the Germans across the Rhine River back into Germany. Afterward, it was withdrawn back to France to be re-equipped and reburbished with fresh replacements to then invade Germany by airdrops in Operation Varsity in March 24, 1945. The eventual outcome was to have forced Germany to submit to an unconditional surrender that ended the war in Europe and to have restored peace and freedom to all the people in Europe.
The shoulder patch emblem of the 17th Airborne Division of glider troopers and paratroopers who had fought bravely to help win the war in Europe during World War II. Its battle name was "THUNDER FROM HEAVEN", with a monthly newsletters under the name, "THUNDER MAIL CALL"