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82nd Airborne responds to man wearing hat at Charlottesville protests

Posted August 15

— A man wearing an 82nd Airborne Division hat throwing a Ku Klux Klan salute, which resembled the Nazi salute but is not the same, was photographed during the protest in Charlottesville over the weekend.

The photo went viral on Twitter Monday.

The Fort Bragg-based elite paratrooper unit responded to the tweet, saying the hat does not mean he is or was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.

“Anyone can purchase that hat,” the division wrote on the official Twitter page. “Valor is earned.”

"Our WWII Airborne forefather jumped into Europe to defeat Nazism. We know who are. We know our legacy."


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  • Robert Swiger Sr. Aug 16, 6:01 p.m.
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    The person tat even ask that question had to be a liberal. And WRAL are you trying to spread more hate

  • Tim Orr Aug 15, 11:30 p.m.
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    I think I'll get me a hat from the Rough Riders!!!

  • William Sherman Aug 15, 10:11 p.m.
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    Oh please--just how dam dumb and gullible can anyone be to conclude that because a guy wears an 82nd cover that he automatically was a member of that unit. Pathetic...

  • D. Aaron Hill Aug 15, 6:30 p.m.
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    The irony, the 82nd was made famous for killing Nazis.