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SUPERB AND HISTORIC 504TH PIR, 82ND AIRBORNE GROUP TO AN NCO KILLED IN ACTION FIGHTING WITH CANADIAN TROOPS DURING THE FIRST AIRBORNE MILITARY OFFENSIVE IN THE HISTORY OF THE USA

Corporal Myron F Labinsky was a member of HQ Company, 3rd Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division. His Battalion, along with the 505th PIR formed the Regimental Combat team that were to be the spearhead of the invasion of Sicily, code name 'Operation Husky' . Under a nearly full moon the paratroopers crossed over the Sicilian coast on schedule and jumped on their assigned drop zone on 9 July 1943. Their objective to take the high ground near Ponte Olivo airfield northeast of Gela and secure the drop zone for the next operation.

Corporal Labinsky was killed on July 11th 1943 at Pachino, Sicily, which is on the very Sothern tip of Sicily, about 110KM from their drop zone at Gela! The southern peninsular around Pachino was actually the zone 1st Canadian Division were allotted for their amphibious landing but as with all large scale parachute drops, men were often dropped a great distance from their objectives. 82nd Records show that during the time Labinsky was killed, a small group of paratroopers of the 3rd 504th who had been miss dropped, formed under Major Beall (3/504th Executive Officer) and fought with the Canadians for two days until being returned to American control. It is almost certainly with this group or another similar displaced group that Corporal Labinsky lost his life.

A superb and historically significant US airborne group

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