Mar 21st, 2017
The Devils in Baggy Pants. It’s one of the most storied nicknames and one of the most prestigious units in American military history.
On Episode 11 we revisit the moment that made the black-hearted devils, the 82nd Airborne Division’s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, legendary.
In January of 1944, in an effort to strike a decisive blow against the Germans, the 504th made a seaborne assault on Anzio. What followed was some of the most barbarous, grinding combat of World War II. Neither side would claim victory but the 504th would be feared for the rest of the war.
We spoke with the Paratroopers who fought with the 504th at Anzio. James “Maggie” Megellas, who turned 100 earlier this month, went on to become the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division. Roy Hanna, who also turned 100 this year, was shot in the chest at Anzio and continued leading his men with a bullet lodged between his ribs. T. Moffatt Burris saw some of the fiercest fighting in American combat history.
In this episode we find out that the spirit of these Devils in baggy pants remains alive in today’s All American Paratroopers.
Finally, Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, 82nd Airborne Division public affairs officer, talks about a piece of famous All American history that may be more myth than fact.
The All American Legacy Podcast is produced by the 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs Office and hosted by Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, Master Sgt. Dan Bailey, Sgt. 1st Class Alex Burnett, and Staff Sgt. Will Reinier.
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