Jan 9th, 2018
Thirty four years ago the United States invaded the Caribbean island of Grenada, rescued some medical students, and rounded-up a gang of thugs and criminals, along with their Cuban communist backers. The 82nd Airborne Division, in a display of its rapid response capability, led the charge. If you did not know or do not remember this, you're not alone. In fact, more than a few people back then had a hard time pronouncing the name of the place or even locating it in the right hemisphere.
The conflict was wrapped up in a matter of weeks and America moved. But in the 82nd's 100-year history the invasion of Grenada turned out to be a very big deal. This was a critical moment in the life of the Division, one that would shape the way we organize for combat and prepare to deploy today.
This episode, featuring the voices of All American Paratroopers who fought in Grenada, is a postmortem of that operation and the role of America's Guard of Honor within it. We piece together the insights our Nation's leaders learned from that operation, explain its relevance to today's warfare while also giving the "on the ground" experience lived by our Paratroopers during Operation Urgent Fury.
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