FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the Army’s reasons for denying Maggie the Medal of Honor?

A: Because Col. Sims could never obtain a satisfactory response from the Army, we have only conjecture to offer: One possibility is that despite a huge firefight with hundreds of enemy killed or captured, a 50 ton enemy tank attack, the clearing of Herresbach house-by-house against snipers and pockets of resistance and thwarting an enemy counterattack, Maggie’s men suffered no casualties! While we think the absence of casualties in this situation should be cause for a medal in its own right, we wonder if there may be some within the Army’s review board who feel there should be casualties related to the conflict. Note: The Medal of Honor criteria mentions nothing about casualties.

Q: How many casualties did Company H/3/504 incur during World War II?

A: About 1,300 men came through H Company during the war. At the onset of the war, a full-strength Airborne company was about 175 men. Therefore, the turnover rate due to casualties was extremely high.

Q: James Megellas’ book “All The Way To Berlin” is not for sale on the website. Why?

A: We are sorry but our intention is not to use this site as a sales tool. Our purpose is clear that we are here to help Col. Sims get “Maggie” the Medal of Honor. Online retailers as well as many book stores carry his book. If you are having a problem locating a book, please contact us.

Q: Entry found in the journal of a German officer killed at Anzio:

A:“American parachutists — devils in baggy pants — are less than 100 meters from my outpost line. I can’t sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere…”

Q: Why are the 82nd Airborne called “devils in baggy pants”?

A: Only the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which is one brigade within the 82nd, holds that nickname. German soldiers gave that name to them during WWII in the mountains of Italy because of their ferociousness in battle, and because their airborne uniforms featured baggy pants.