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“(The 511th) showed enormous courage in the face of staggering odds. You remained resolute professionals through hellish days and nights of unending combat. You never lost the pride of the airborne.” – Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

"While not being from the samurai class, none-the-less, I do recognize great warriors when I see them, and I take great pride in having served with the best fighting men of World War II.”

-1st Lt. Ralph E. Ermatinger, 511 PIR