What Is the 82nd Airborne Division?


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The 82nd Airborne Division is an infantry division of the U.S. Army that specializes in parachute assault. Founded in 1917 and based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne division had a role in both World Wars and most major wars of the 20th and 21st century.

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The 82nd Airborne Division, originally known as the 82nd Infantry Division, has achieved legendary status due to its history of fighting on the front lines and its soldiers' skill in rapid deployment. It gained the name 82nd Airborne Division several months after its World War II deployment in 1942. The division was one of the most active American units in the war, remaining deployed from early 1942 until after the German surrender in 1945. The 82nd Airborne Division was deployed in the Vietnam War, both Persian Gulf wars and in Afghanistan.

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