Members of the 503rd Paratrooper Regimental Combat Team in town


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – This week World War II Veterans and their families took a trip down memory lane right here in Terre Haute.

Members of the 503rd Paratrooper Regimental Combat Team gathered for a reunion.

These veterans served in the Pacific Theatre and were responsible for liberating ‘The Rock’ in the Philippines from the Japanese – a major victory for the United States.

During their time in Terre Haute, they visited the Veteran’s Memorial Museum.

The trip was just one way these Veterans could reflect on their past and catch up with other members of the team.

“It’s like a family reunion; some of us were together until the time we were inducted in the service until the time we got out,” explained Nelson Gatewood, Veteran – 503rd Paratrooper Regimental Combat Team. “We went straight from the induction center to the parachute training, and we just stayed together all the way through.”

The Veterans will be in town visiting local attractions until Aug. 3. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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