The 11th Airborne Division

General Joseph May Swing
was born on February 28, 1894 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He accomplished the rank of Lieutenant General in the United States Army and commanded the 11th Airborne Division during the campaign to liberate the Philippines in WW II. He achieved six different awards during his military career (1915-1954):
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Army Distinguished Service Medal
  • Silver Star
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star
  • Air Medal
He Died at the age of 90 on December 9, 1984 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetary

History of the 11th

Active during World War II, officially activated on February 25, 1943 and deactivated on June 30, 1958. The division took part in the Knollwood Maneuver, which helped prove that the United States Airborne could work in formations as big as divisions.
Locations of the 11th
510 signal company
Hokkaido, Japan:
Atsugi air base,
Sapparo air base,
and Camp Crawford
Planes Used By the 11th
  • C-82



  • C-46
Parachutes used by the 11th
Page Created on 10/19/2008
Page Updated on 11/4/2008