<p>101st Airborne Division (United States)
101st Airborne Division
101st Airborne Division shoulder sleeve insignia
(the "Screaming Eagle").
15 August 1942–30 November
United States of America
Air Assault Infantry
XVIII Airborne Corps
“Rendezvous With Destiny”
Bald Eagle a.k.a. "Old Abe"
Engagements World War II
War in Southwest Asia
MG Jeffrey J. Schloesser
William C. Lee
Maxwell D. Taylor
Anthony C. McAuliffe
William C. Westmoreland
Richard A. Cody
David H. Petraeus
U.S. Infantry Divisions (1939 - Present)
The 101st Airborne Division — the
"Screaming Eagles"— is a U.S. Army modu-
lar infantry division trained for air assault op-
erations. During World War II,
renowned for action during the Normandy
Landings and in the Battle of the Bulge. Dur-
ing the Vietnam War, the 101st Airborne Di-
vision was redesignated first an airmobile di-
vision, then later as an air assault division.
For historical reasons, it retains the "Air-
borne" tab identifier, yet does not conduct
parachute operations at a division level.
Many modern members of the 101st are
graduates of the U.S. Army Air Assault
School, and wear the Air Assault Badge, but
it is not prerequisite for assignment to the di-
vision. The division’s headquarters are at
Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and has served in
Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the only U.S. Army
division with two aviation brigades. It is one
of the most decorated divisions in the U.S.
World War II
The division was activated on 15 August 1942
at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. On 19 August
1942, its first commander, Major General
William C. Lee, promised his new recruits
that the 101st had "no history but had a ren-
dezvous with destiny."