551st Parachute Infantry Battalion (Separate) Monument
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
N 34° 59.698 W 079° 32.636
17S E 632881 N 3873453
Quick Description: "The 551st PIB was activated in November 1942 with 800 men and deactivated in January 1945 when just 110 surviving men were absorbed into the 82nd Airborne Division."
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 12/12/2015 5:08:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMQ3JQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ištván
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Long Description:
"Virtually nothing of the unit's proud history of bravery, liberation and sacrifice was recognized until the 1980's when veteran troopers and members of their families began recording the battalion's accomplishments.

Cited from webpage: (visit link)

Text of Monument at Kinney Cameron Lake on Sandhills Game Lands near Hoffman, NC

This monument is dedicated to the
heroic men of the five hundred
fifty first parachute infantry
battalion (separate) who made
the ultimate sacrifice on the
battlefields of Europe during
World War II. Their motto was
Aterrizar y Atacar
Land and Attack
This they did
Goya...Battle Cry of the 551st
Great Outstanding Young Americans
This Monument place here by members
relatives and friends of the 551st
Parachute Infantry Battalion
(Separate) Association 1 July 1992

{Unit Crest}

{Paratrooper Wings}

This Monument is also dedicated
to the memory of eight of our
fellow paratroppers and
buddies who net their death
by drowning on a night training
parachute jump 16 Feb 1944
at Lake Kinney Cameron

We remember
PFC Shelly C Ferguson
Athens AL
T/S John Hoffman Pierce NB
PFC Kenneth D McGrotty Medford OR
PFC Ishmael H Petty Coalwood WV
SGT Benjamin Preziotti Brooklyn NY
PFC Zollie Ramsey Hil Ham TN
PFC Norval L Reed Clarksburg WV
PVT John L Wafford St Stephens SC
Date of Dedication: 7/1/1992

Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: Depart from Hoffman on Butler Drive, cross into Scotland Co, total distance 2.6 mi, turn right at sign for Kinney Cameron Lake. Monument near spillway,

Access times: From: 8:00 AM To: 12:17 AM

Commemoration: 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion (Separate) Monument

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