|Born||22 Mar 1907|
|Died||23 Feb 1990|
Contributor: Bryan Hiatt
ww2dbaseBorn in 1907 in Brooklyn, raised in Pennsylvania, James Gavin joined the US Army at age 17. By 1929, Gavin graduated from West Point, and later became the first commander of the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment. Gavin is perhaps best known as the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II.
ww2dbaseAccording to one biography, ÔÇťJumping JimÔÇŁ Gavin ÔÇťled assaults on Sicily and on Salerno Bay, Italy, in 1943, reaching the rank of brigadier general, and jumped with the parachute assault section of the division on the first night of the Normandy Invasion (June 5-6, 1944). Elements of Gavin's section took the town of Sainte-M├Ęre-├ëglise and guarded river crossings on the flank of the Utah Beach landing area.ÔÇŁ He continued to lead the 82nd through the end of the war.
ww2dbaseAfter the war, Gavin played a major role in Army research and development, advocating the use of the helicopter in combat. He also served as ambassador to France (1961-1963). An author as well, Gavin penned Airborne Warfare (1947) and On to Berlin (1978) about his experiences in Europe.
ww2dbaseGavin died in 1990.
ww2dbaseSources: Coal Region, Wikipedia
Last Major Revision: Apr 2006
James Gavin Timeline
|22 Mar 1907┬á||James Gavin was born.|
|23 Feb 1990┬á||James Gavin passed away.|
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