World War II Parachute Infantry to Train at the USAHEC

Even re-enactors have to train, and over the weekend of May 10-11, 2013, the living historians of Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, will be at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to hone their skills at educating the American public. Visitors are encouraged to come out and see these dedicated living historians depict expert parachute troopers from World War II. The members of the 506th PIR organization will take over the World War II area on the USAHEC's Army Heritage Trail and set up a complete training camp, show off weapons and other war-fighting materials, depict barracks life, and practice their historical presentations.

The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was part of the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) during World War II. During the war, airborne regiments such as the 506th were the elite fighting units of the U.S. Army. Airborne troopers famously parachuted behind enemy lines during the invasion of Northern France and fought in battle after battle, showing the world, and the enemy, just how tough American Soldiers could be. The re-enactors of HQ Co., 2/bn, 506th PIR depict these hard-fighting Soldiers in extreme detail and dedicate themselves to educating their fellow Americans about the sacrifices and heroism of the Soldiers they portray.

The 506th PIR organizational training day event is free and open to the public. The event will run from about 9AM to 5PM on the 10th, 11th, of May 2013. In addition to the training event, the USAHEC will feature an extended used book sale. The USAHEC's main exhibit, "The Soldier Experience," will be open, as will the museum store and the Cafe Cumberland. Parking is free. For directions to the USAHEC and general information about the USAHEC and upcoming events, please visit www.usahec.org. For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.