Constituted 5 August 1917 as the 82nd Division.
Organized 25 August 1917 at Camp Gordon, Georgia.
Inactivated 27 June 1919 at Camp Mills, New York.
Activated 23 September 1921 with headquarters at Columbia, South Carolina.
Ordered into active military service 25 March 1942 and reorganized at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.
Reorganized and redesignated 15 August 1942 as the 82nd Airborne Division.
COMMANDERS IN COMBAT
Major General Mathew B. Ridgeway - Assumed command June 1942
Major General James M. Gavin - Assumed Command August 1944
ORDER OF BATTLE
Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division
Headquarters Company, 82nd Airborne Division
307th Airborne Engineer Battalion
325th Glider Infantry Regiment
504th Parachute Infantry Regiment
505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery
319th Glider Field Artillery Battalion
320th Glider Field Artillery Battalion
376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
80th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion
307th Airborne Medical Company
782nd Airborne Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
82nd Airborne Signal Company
407th Airborne Quartermaster Company
82nd Parachute Maintenance Company
WORLD WAR II CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION
Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy (with arrowhead), Rhineland (with arrowhead), Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe