The history of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, World War II with photos and maps
The regimental crest and motto, “Ready,” as briefly mentioned in this history, and depicted here, was never officially approved by the Quartermaster General, and in fact, disapproved in late 1942, in part because “the 505 P.I.R. has no history”.
Little else was done towards obtaining a regimental crest and motto thereafter, since by that time the regiment was too busy making history, and it wasn’t until some years following the war that a crest and motto were approved and it bears little resemblance to the original.
Official or not, this is the crest and motto that World War II 505ers believe to this day and was theirs and so it is used here.
Black and White images