The 82nd Airborne Is Still Fighting Fascists

The 82nd Airborne Division is calling out a man who was photographed at the Charlottesville rally on Saturday wearing an 82nd Airborne hat:

The 82nd Airborne Division fought several campaigns against Nazi Germany during World War II. So after a man in a hat bearing the elite Army paratrooper unit’s insignia was pictured throwing a Ku Klux Klan salute (which resembles and is sometimes mistaken for a Nazi salute) during the weekend’s Charlottesville protests, the division delivered a pointed message.

“Anyone can purchase that hat,” 82nd Airborne wrote on its official Twitter page. “Valor is earned.”

The infantry unit, nicknamed the All American Division, was reacting to a photograph that Brandon Friedman, a former Obama administration official, shared of the demonstrator on Twitter. The image was retweeted more than 20,000 times Monday

Here’s the original image that was shared on Twitter:

The 82nd Airborne Division responded in a series of Tweets:


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  1. CSK says:

    As you say: Excellent.

  2. John Peabody says:

    “Anger is a wind that blows out the lamp of the mind” -Robert Green Ingersoll. Looks like we need a few lamp-lighters in this country.

  3. JohnMcC says:

    Deafening uproar from conservatives protesting ‘stolen valor’. Come on…. Waiting….