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503rd Parachute Regiment Memorial
503rd Parachute Regiment Memorial
Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

The monument commemorates the 503rd Parachute Regiment, a United States Army unit which trained at Gordonvale during World War Two. It thanks the people of Gordonvale for their hospitality during this time. 

The regiment  arrived in Townsville, in north Queensland in Australia on 1 December 1942.  They arrived in Cairns the next day and were then transported to their Camp at Gordonvale. They were the first US airborne regiment to arrive in the Southwest Pacific Area in World War Two.

The non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and members of the Company participated in jump-master training from 31 May to 24 July 1943, They spot-jumped on White Field, at Gordonvale.



Address:Gordon Street, Gordonvale, 4865
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.091667
Long: 145.786944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:December-1942
Approx. Event End Date:September-1943


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:March-1979
Front Inscription

The 503rd Parachute Reg`t thanks the people of Gordonvale for making this area a pleasant home

Dec. 1942  Sept. 1943

A Mulgrave Shire Historical Society Project
March 1979.

Source: SKP,QWMR, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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