As Tough as war is

As Tough as war is

I can never imagine being towed behind
enemy lines at night by a C-47 in one of
these plywood-cloth death draps.
My mothers brother
PFC William Preslar
101st Airborne
did just that on
June 6th, 1944 D-Day Normandy
I'll not live long enough to be the
man he was.
RIP Uncle Buck

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4 years 29 weeks ago, 6:20 PM

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chute than ride down in one of those things, especially the ones where they had jeeps and shit in them.

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
4 years 29 weeks ago, 6:25 PM

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before they were over the enemy and the
glider went on in
A glider could carry 13 fully equipped troops
or a jeep and 2 pilots
or a 105 Howitzer and 2 pilots
513 flew in on June 6th and most of them crashed.
The commanding general was killed landing.

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4 years 11 weeks ago, 8:07 PM

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those were tough times for sure

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4 years 29 weeks ago, 6:30 PM

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my stepdad

did just that,glider rider with 82nd airborne during WW2,he gave me his jump wings,tough SOB

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
4 years 29 weeks ago, 6:31 PM

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Hey LBC

I still have my 1st pair of jump wings. I keep them in my desk with me.

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
4 years 29 weeks ago, 6:30 PM

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chute and stand in the door. let the legs ride them gliders in.

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
4 years 29 weeks ago, 8:53 PM

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Gen Pratt was assistant or deputy CG or something like that. I have my first pair of wings too. I can say one of the proudest moments of my army career was as a young private in Ft Campbell. One of our taskings was to do museum guard, which consisted of sitting at the front desk of the Pratt Museum on post and sign people in, and if there were visitors who had questions or wanted a tour, we had to know all about the division history and be able to talk about all the displays. This tasking was done in Class A uniform, and in the 101st, we still wore boots in our Class As.

Anyway, this group of crusty old guys comes walking in and ask for a tour, so young private Marlow talks them through the displays as best as possible for about half an hour or so, answering questions as best I can as a cherry ass young grunt, and the tour finally ends and this old, fat guy with a 173rd Vietnam vet hat stops and tells me it does his heart good to see a young paratrooper representing his division and still blousing his pants the airborne way. Now mind you, the 173rd has some of the highest casualty rates and some of the longest continuous combat of any major unit in Vietnam, and this guy wearing that hat, with a CIB and purple heart on it tells you that you're dealing with a true combat vet. I swear, my jacket must have shrunk a little, because it got a bit tight around the chest. Maybe it was the whole swelling with pride thing.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
4 years 29 weeks ago, 10:01 PM

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Great story, Runs

Something like that makes you proud and humble at the same time.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
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