New Book Honors 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of World War II

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Author Zig Boroughs celebrates the lives of fellow veterans in “The 508th Connection”.

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World War II has ended decades ago. However, the memories of soldiers will forever linger on. It is for this reason that not a few have told, and retold, their own harrowing or heroic stories to families, relatives and friends. After publishing “A Private’s Eye View of World War II” in 1989, and “The Devil’s Tale”— stories about the 508th Red Devils—in 1992, veteran and author Zig Boroughs publishes his third and latest book about the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, titled The 508th Connection.

The 508th Connection tells the stories of the lives of men of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. As readers follow their stories in this well-researched military history, they will become connected with the paratroopers’ lives—in the barracks, in the pubs, and on the battlefield. They will begin to understand the life and times of many of these unsung heroes who relied on each other for survival.

The stories are both entertaining and educational. They will capture readers’ heart, imaginations, and their understanding of what it was like for the paratroopers to live through the horrors of war while keeping their sanity and humor. There are humorous stories, romantic stories, and battle stories, stories about being captured by the enemy. There are stories of men who killed to survive, who lived in foxholes, who helped and were helped by local people.

Informative, poignant, and inspiring, The 508th Connection is a compelling piece of military history that pays tribute to the 508th veterans. After over 20 years of collecting and verifying valuable information from his friends from the 508th Parachute Infantry Association, Boroughs has finally put together a lasting legacy in a book that is as inspiring as the lives of those heroic soldiers of World War II who have lived and told them.

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About the Author
Zig Boroughs volunteered for the paratroopers and after basic training, completed parachute and demolition training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He arrived in England on June 6, 1944, D-Day of the Normandy invasion. He was assigned as a replacement to the 508th Parachute Infantry. He served throughout Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, and in the Roer Valley of Germany with the Demolition Platoon of Regimental Headquarters Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. After V-E Day—Victory in Europe—Boroughs taught algebra in a regimental school for his fellow paratroopers. After discharge at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on November 7, 1945, he accepted a job as teacher of math and science and coach of the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at his alma mater, Pickens High School the very next day. At the end of the school year, he interrupted his teaching to finish his bachelor’s degree. Later, he served 12 years as a Baptist minister. He earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree, Master of Science education degree, and Doctor of Science education degree. He is retired from Lander University, where he taught in the School of Education for 22 years. He and his wife live in Pickens, South Carolina.

The 508th Connection * by Zig Boroughs
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Trade Paperback; $3.99; 537 pages; 978-1-4797-1185-7
Trade Hardback; $23.99; 537 pages; 978-1-4797-1186-4
eBook; $34.99; 978-1-4797-1187-1

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