Tangible, physical and material, here, each month, we present to you a piece, an artifact of Fort Bragg’s past.
Pictured are examples of one dollar bills made by the American Bank Note Company and the Thomas De La Rue Company LTD. The 82nd Airborne Division used this currency during Operation Power Pack in the Dominican Republic in 1965.
Between April – September 1965 civil war raged in the Dominican Republic.
To protect American lives and to prevent a communist uprising the United States Army sent the 82nd Abn. Div. to restore peace and stability.
More than 40,000 U.S. troops participated in Operation Power Pack in the first test to what was a new Army concept, Reorganization Objective Army Division.
ROAD developed deployable forces with the ability to respond to multiple contingencies.
The Division assisted in humanitarian missions and conducted security operations throughout the country, returning to Fort Bragg in the fall of 1965 after the establishment of a provisional government.
(Editor’s note: The one dollar bills pictured are on display at the 82nd Abn. Div. War Memorial Museum. They are temporarily being housed at the Hall of Heroes while the museum undergoes renovations. Information for this article derives from both the museum and “OPERATION POWER PACK-U.S. Military Intervention in the Dominican Republic” by Col. Brendan J. O’Shea, U.S. Army Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute, published April 20, 2010, at www.army.mil)