World War I 328th Infantry 82nd Airborne AEF Rock, Fort Bragg
This war memorial is a gray rock, approximately 6 feet long by 3 feet wide by 3 feet high. The front face of the rock bears a red, white, and blue painted engraving of the "AA" ("All-American") insignia from the shoulder patch of the 82nd Airborne Division. Beneath the insignia, the stone is engraved to honor the sacrifice of the 328th Infantry regiment in War War I.
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY / OF THE MEN OF THE 328 th / INFANTRY 82 nd DIVISION A.E.F. / WHO MADE THE SUPREME / SACRAFICE FOR AMERICA / IN THE WORLD WAR
82nd Airborne Division Museum, Fort Bragg
The memorial was created in 1919.
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Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. "82 Airborne Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia," The Institute of Heraldry, (accessed June 21, 2013) Link
U.S. Army Fort Bragg. "82nd Airborne Division," (accessed June 28, 2013) Link
United States Army, Airborne Division, 82nd. Office History of 82nd Division American Expeditionary Forces "All American Divison" 1917-1919, (Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1919), (accessed June 28, 2013) Link
The memorial is believed to have been created by a Georgia stonemason.
A sign next to the stone indicates that it was carved in 1919 by a Georgia stonemason to honor the 82nd Airborne Division's 328th Infantry. The stone was originally located at Camp Gordon, Georgia, the original base of the 82nd Airborne Division and where they were organized in August of 1917. Fort Bragg became the home of the 82nd Airborne in the late 1940s, with the stone being relocated there likely around the same time.
The memorial rock is located on the grounds of the 82nd Airborne Division Museum at Fort Bragg.
The memorial is located in a raised garden area outside the museum, surrounded by plantings and shade trees.
The monument was originally located at Camp Gordon, Georgia, the World War I home of the 82nd Airborne Division. Following the transfer of the 82nd Airborne Division to Fort Bragg, the stone was moved to Fort Bragg likely sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950’s. The stone was initially placed in front of the 82nd Airborne Division Museum but was moved to its current location in the 1980’s to make room for an expansion of the museum.