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According to accounts by General James M. Gavin, General Eisenhower wanted to visit with the 82nd Airborne Division before they took off for Normandy, however General Matthew B. Ridgway, who was in command of the 82nd at the time, declined, fearing his presence would be a distraction. So, on the evening of June 5, 1944, Ike only visited with the 101st Airborne Division. This is recounted in the presentation "The Paratrooper Generals" with Mitchell Yockelson, hosted on the National Archives’ YouTube channel. However, this does not preclude the possibility that members of the 82nd Airborne may have seen General Eisenhower on other occasions.
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Thank you for your reply. I actually just located an after action report about the 82nd Airborne at the Eisenhower Presidential Library website. It states that the 319th Glider Field Artillery Battalion glided into Normandy late in the night at 2305 hours on June 6th.
What you provided is probably the only information available, but is there any evidence that Eisenhower meet with the 319th before they took off on June 6th?
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Please note that even if Eisenhower did not visit a particular unit, it is entirely possible that any given soldier may have seen him unders other circumstances. Unfortunately there are not sufficient records to track all the movements of every soldier
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