A Record of William J. Hickey Co D
507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in WWII
A relative of
Mr. William Hickey reached out searching for
information about his WWII time. He had
contacted NARA in St. Louis at one point and was
told once again that all of his records had been
lost in the fire. I'm not sure why NARA keeps
telling people this for almost 50 years now.
The following narrative are all drawn from Reports
that were not lost in the 1973 fire.
William Hickey was drafted into the Army and
became active February 2, 1943. Basic
Training was 17 weeks then 8 weeks at Fort Benning
to become a Paratrooper. 9 July 1944 he
Company D 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Next are the
Payroll Records for Co D between July 1944 to
December 1943 along with the
507th Boots and Wings Yearbook that has his
Private Hickey then shows up on the
507th Manifest for his Jump into Normandy 6 June
1944. Pvt Hickey was wounded in
Normandy 15 June 1944. He received his
Combat Infantryman's Badge as well. Pvt
Hickey returns to Co D July and
goes on Furlough 25 July 1944. These are
both a Map and the
After Action Reports for Normandy for the 507th.
The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment was
transferred from the 82nd Airborne Division to the
17th Airborne Division August 1944.
Retroactive to 19 July, 1944
Pvt Hickey is promoted to Pfc along with 27
other Co D men.
battle for the 507th Prcht Inf would be the Battle
Of Bulge. There was
After Actions Reports for the 507th in the Bulge
Hickey The next Battle for the 507th Prcht Inf of the
17th Abn Div and Private First Class was
Operation Varsity the Jump into Germany 24 March
William J. Hickey
went TD (Temporary Duty) to Headquarters and
Headquarters and was wounded
29 March 1944 losing a leg. There were
Reports for the time period Pfc Hickey was
This shows that records NARA in St. Louis claims
were destroyed in the 1973 fire are incorrect. Yes, some
were lost but as you can see here they can be
rebuilt to a degree.
Brian N. Siddall
March 7, 2021