One of the Devils

My father was drafted into active service in the U.S. Army on February 24, 1941.

Exactly one year later, on February 24, 1942, the 82nd Airborne’s 504th Paratroop Infantry Regiment was initially constituted.

Then on May 1, 1942, the PIR’s First, Second, and Third Battalions were activated, my father a part of the Second.

It was during the Battle of Anzio that the 504th PIR acquired their nickname:  “The Devils in Baggy Pants.”  The name was taken from an entry found in the diary of a German Wehrmacht officer killed at Anzio:

“American parachutists . . . devils in baggy pants . . . are less than 100 meters from my outpost line. I can’t sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere . . . “

In all those years of WWII, my father was the only Asian soldier in the several thousand soldiers of the 504th.

Go Korea, Go Hawai‘i, Go Kaua‘i Island, Go Kekaha, Go Waimea High Menehune!

This morning I stumbled across a Facebook page for the 504th’s Second Battalion.  I was quite struck by their logo.  Playing on the “Devils in Baggy Pants” nickname, the Second Battalion has adopted “The White Devils” as their own personal nickname.

I stared hard at that logo and I thought, I wonder what my dad would think of this nickname?

He always was proud of the fact, I know, that he was one of the original Devils in Baggy Pants. He’d served well and survived with those who did. He had a whole huge book about them.

As I looked at that logo, I wondered if he would be prouder still of the fact that he was THE original Yellow White Devil?

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Aloha #WriterTuesday. Today’s #WritingPrompt is

the military

Use it to inspire a piece of writing, and then post that piece on your site and link back to me, or simply post it as a comment below. I would love to read it : )

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