82nd Airborne Division (originally 82d Infantry Division) was constituted in the National Army on 5 August 1917 to support the United States’ entry into World War I. Since its initial members came from all 48 states, the division acquired the nickname “All-American“, which is the basis for its famed "AA" on the shoulder patch. The division later served in World War II where, in August 1942, it was reconstituted as the first airborne division of the U.S. Army and fought in numerous campaigns during the war including Operation Husky, D-Day, Operation Market Garden and Battle of the Bulge. World War II ended in May 1945, and the 82d Airborne Division would receive the honor of Occupation Duty in Berlin. It is in Berlin where the Division received its second, and most famous nickname, “America’s Guard of Honor” from General George S. Patton, after he reviewed the Paratroopers.
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