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The 515th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Unit History

Colonel Harvey J Jablonsky - 515th PIR Commanding Officer he 515th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)"Jumping Wolves" was constituted on 18 January 1943. It was activated 31 May 1943 at Fort Benning, Georgia under the command of Colonel Julian B Lindsey to serve as an administrative agency for the pool of officers and enlisted graduates of The Parachute School. Lt Colonel Harvey J Jablonsky (picture right) was Executive Officer and the regiment initially included 184 non-coms from the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. After training in the "Frying Pan" Area of Fort Benning in late 1943 the 515th PIR moved to Camp Mackall, North Carolina in February, 1944. On 7 March 1944 the "Jumping Wolves" became part of the 13th Airborne Division, replacing the 513th PIR. (Colonel Jablonsky ( above right) became Commanding Officer of the 515th PIR on 13 February 45)

The Spring of 1944 saw the majority of the Jumping Wolves best trained men reassigned to the three airborne divisions in the field - the 82nd and 101st Airborne in Europe and the 11th Airborne in the Pacific. Replacements came from the 541st PIR. This initiated a new round of strenuous air and ground training in preparation for an assignment overseas.

Of special note is the development of an adjustable harness for the release of equipment from each parachutists by Pvt P.L.Foreman of Headquarters Company, 515th PIR. The harness named JERD (Jumper's Equipment Release Device) was attached to the body of the parachutist. It enabled the bundle of equipment that rode on the chest and stomach of a trooper to be released and contained by using the reserve chute. In the event of a parachute failure the reserve chute could still be used and the equipment jettisoned. The first demonstration of this device was at Camp Mackall in December, 1944.

On January 18, 1945 the 515th PIR received orders to move to Camp Shank in New York. Finally, on January 25th the unit received their overseas orders. On February 8th the men disembarked at Le Harve France and boarded trains for Camp Lucky Strike near Ste Valery en Caux, France. A few days later the 515th former XO, Colonel Harvey J Jablonsky, assumed command of the Jumping Wolves.

Although the unit prepared for combat in Operation Comet the fast moving Allied forces continually counteracted the need for airborne operations as the German defenses crumbled. V-E finally became a reality and the only hope for combat action was in the Pacific. Redeployment began on July 18th, 1945 but by the time the Jumping Wolves reached New York the war in the Pacific was over.

The 515th Parachute Infantry Regiment was deactivated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 25 February 1946.

( Sources: " 13th Airborne Regimental History - Editor: Lt Col William J Blythe)

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