History of the Organization

          
 













When one hears of, or learns today, of the events of World War II, everyone knows of D-Day at Normandy, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, the Battle of the Bulge, and the dropping of the first atomic bomb. But few have any knowledge of what happened on the beaches of Anzio, Italy in 1944. By all accounts the the battle at Anzio was one of the longest protracted battles of the war with over 25,000 battle casualties (killed, wounded, missing, or taken prisoner) on each side of the conflict.

This website is dedicated to those that fought on the beachhead, from all nations, and in all types of units in all branches of the service,

The idea of establishing an association composed of veterans from all services and nationalities that served with the allies on the beachhead and/or supported "Operation Shingle" was the brainchild of a former member of the 1st Armored Division, 1st Lt. William H. Bland of Sanford, Florida.

The charter members met in Sanford in March, 1980 with eighty seven present including spouses.  From this small representation of the many thousands that were involved in "Operation Shingle", interest in the organization had grown to almost 2,000 members, 1,000 associate members (mainly spouses of members.)  At recent annual reunions attendants have numbered 400.

In March, 1982, steps were taken to incorporate the organization as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Florida.  Following the issuance of the charter by Florida, the IRS was requested and granted non-profit, tax-exempt status on February 2, 1983.

Although initially, the concept was to gather those veterans who had endured the hardships of the Anzio campaign as a fraternal group, where they could get together
at least annually, to swap war stories, make new friends, and renew old friendships.