We are a World War II historical recreation society based in the southeastern United States. Our purpose is to respectfully and accurately portray the United States Army Paratrooper of World War II. We participate in many events such as living histories, public & school demonstrations, and battle reenactments throughout the southeastern United States. Our main impression is of the 101st 506 Item Company, however we have expanded and are now doing multiple impressions of other airborne groups. All members are expected to achieve an accurate knowledge of the equipment, campaigns and attitude of the United States paratrooper during World War II.
The organization was founded by Edward McAlister during the summer of 1999 with a vision to educate and inform America’s youth and the public in general. He soon realized that a great opportunity was at hand, to meet World War II veterans and their families in order gain a better understanding of the common soldier’s struggle during WW II. Since that time the unit has grown, with members from all over the Florida, Georgia and even Alabama. Our member base runs spans all ages, as young as 16 to as old as 50. In 2003 the group decided to embark on building impressions of the 11th, 13th, 17th, and 82nd Airborne Divisions, as some are not well represented if at all at events.
In this time we have had the great pleasure to meet and talk to these fine men who sacrificed so much for their country.
Our goal in participating at events is to honor the memory of the valiant men and women who fought and served during World War II so that their sacrifices and deeds are not forgotten by those today and future generations to come.
Membership is open to anyone (regardless of race or gender) who has an interest in World War II history and is ready and willing to responsibly and accurately experience a very small part of what it was like to be a U.S. soldier about to embark upon the Great Crusade. A correct, authentic period impression runs requires personal time and dedication. Unit dues ($20.00/year) are collected once a year and are used to fund group projects and other administrative costs.
Having a nice impression and being interested in history is a good starting point and an introduction to the hobby, but there is a lot more to this then looking sharp and knowing facts. New members are drilled in the basic schooling of the soldier and will learn to follow the military protocol of the period at the appropriate times. In portraying airborne, our group is very aggressive physically, and it is best to be in good physical shape. There are positions in the group for rear area personnel, so if you discover being in the field is not your thing you may still have an active roll in the group.
To contact the group about membership, events you would like us to attend, or anything else please feel free to send an email to any of the addresses below. We strongly recommend posting any correspondence on our public message forum. We are always looking for new recruits and events to participate in. We look forward to hearing from you!