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Formed in World War Two as the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment, it was redesignated the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 30 June 1949 and was part of the 11th Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. On 1 August 1950 the regiment became the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (ARCT) when supporting units were added and deployed to Japan, arriving on 20 September 1950. One month later, on 20 October 1950, the regiment made successful combat parachute assaults on the towns of Sukch’on and Sunch’on, North Korea. I made second successful parachute assault on 23 March 1952. It redeployed to Japan on 26 June 1951 where it became strategic reserve but returned to Korea on 24 May 1952. It once more returned to Japan, 18 October 1952 but made its final return to Korea, 22 June 1953. The unit returned the United States in July 1955 and, the following year, became part of the newly reactivated 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.

The 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team consisted of the following unit:

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