2018 membership Dues & Benefits

Want to become a member of the 83rd Infantry Division association? Click the button below to fill out our online application form JOIN US A Special message We are pleased to announce that the 83rd Infantry Division Association has expanded eligibility for Legacy Membership. We also introduce a new category – “Active Duty Membership” for those currently serving in the 83rd Army Reserve Readiness Training Center (ARRTC). What's new? All current spouses, widows, and widowers of those eligible to be a Regular Member, lineal descendants by birth or adoption to include sons, daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of persons living or deceased who are (were) eligible for Regular Membership and current spouses; and collateral descendants by blood or marriage to include nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces of Members, great grand nephews and nieces, current spouses and surviving widows.  For the Association to continue to thrive as a national organization, to continue to honor our veterans, and to continue to preserve and promote the 83rd's historical...
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83rd at the International Museum of World War 2

83rd at the International Museum of World War 2

One of the highlights of our upcoming 72nd reunion in Boston will be a visit to the International Museum of World War 2. Among our other activities the International Museum stands out because of wide variety of historical artifacts detailing the story of World War 2 on both the home and war front. The International museum of World War 2 uniquely integrates the human story with the political and military issues and events that were transpiring in all countries and cultures leading up to and during the world at war. The objects, artifacts, letters, and documents in the exhibitions offer insight into the information, influences and events on both the home fronts and war fronts. They are what people saw , what they read, and what they used; from the tiniest of spy gadgets to an original landing craft, from guns concealed in a cigarette to an all-original Sherman tank, from the lightness of propaganda leaflets to the huge gold swastika...
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72nd Annual Reunion in Boston

72nd Annual Reunion in Boston

We are very pleased to announce that the 72nd annual reunion of the 83rd Infantry Division Association will take place August 1 through August 5, 2017 at the Verve Crowne Plaza, 1360 Worcester Street, Natick Massachusetts 01760.The Verve is adjacent to the International Museum of World War 2, which we will have the honor of visiting in a specially scheduled visit on August 2, 2018. The Museum is home to a spectacular collection of some 7500 documents and artifacts collected by Ken Rendell – a small sampling that you might view includes a program outlining the Nazi party’s original platform with a colored sketch by Hitler, the final draft of the Nuremburg agreement with Hitler’s and Neville Chamberlain’s handwritten notes, Franklin Roosevelt’s letter to the people of France after their defeat by Germany, a June 9, 1944 letter from General Eisenhower to his wife , a letter written by General Patton about the Battle of the Bulge … while it...
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Research at the Archives

Research at the Archives

I’ve been a military archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for 29 years. This article is an expanded version of the short talk I gave at the Reunion in Cleveland. NARA was established in 1934 to preserve the historical records of the Federal Government. For researching the records of the 83rd Infantry Division and its veterans, the two facilities you need to know are the National Archives at College Park, Maryland (known as AII), and the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. The important thing to remember, is that if you have any questions, ask a Military Reference Archivist at NARA. 83rd Infantry Division Operational Records at Archives II, College Park, Maryland. The records of the 83rd Infantry Division, and its organic and attached units, are located in Archives II. There are 119 boxes of records for the 83rd and its organic units in Record Group 407: Records of the Adjutant General’s Offic, with each box containing...
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Italian tribute to the 83rd Infantry Division

Italian tribute to the 83rd Infantry Division

From 1943 until 1945 Italian soldier Elio Bizarri was a Prisoner of War in Germany. After Italy had capitulated the German Army turned on their former allies and captured any italian soldiers still behind their lines. They were offered two choices; going to back to the front lines to fight the Allies or spend the remainder of the war in a Prisoner of War camp. One of these camps was liberated by the I&R platoon of the 329th Infantry Regiment, commanded by Lt. Sam Magill. Elio Bizarri was among the Italians set free by the men of the I&R platoon. Before he passed in 2015 he wrote this letter to thank them: (more…)...
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The Association honors deceased veterans from Cuyahoga County

The Association honors deceased veterans from Cuyahoga County

As the 83rd Infantry Division returned to Cleveland for the 71st Reunion ánd 100th Birthday, we pay tribute to the men of Cuyahoga County who were killed while serving with the 83rd. These brave men were honored during a ceremony in Cleveland at the Fountain of Eternal Life. Find the full list of veterans here. (more…)...
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