Posted 6 years ago
I have a handful of these in my collection and wish that I could find more.
This is a souvenir beer stein from the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR). I really like the C-119 "Flying Boxcar" on the lid. The nude lithopane in the bottom is typical of steins from this era.
The 511th was part of the 11th Airborne Division (see patch) and has an unbelievable history.
It was formed at Camp Toccoa in 1943 and had combat jumps at Tagatay Ridge, Los Banos (two companies) and Luzon.
Post war it served occupation duty in Japan and then was sent to Camp Campbell. Men from the 511th were used to bring the 187th ARCT to full strength for its fight in Korea.
In 1956 the entire Division was sent to Germany to replace the 5th ID. It remained there until the Division was deactivated in 1958.