National Airborne Day - August 16
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Sent to me by Howard Huebner - 82nd Airborne

 

National Airborne Day

 

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I am passing this "noble act" on to all of you !!!! Vivian Roger, Association U. S. Normandie

 

Since the Fiftieth Anniversary of Charlie's death, the Town of Grand Island NY, has been Proclaiming August 16th as National Airborne Day. The Airborne Community is attempting to get this Day proclaimed on a permanent status by Congress and the President.

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Marion J Chard
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540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
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So lets have a Infantry Day also. Seems to me a lot of usual dogface Infantry Divisions had much higher

casualties than any Airborne Division in WW 2. Check out the casualty figures. I guess we just had less

publicity agents.

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Sent to me by Howard Huebner - 82nd Airborne

 

National Airborne Day

 

This note was sent to him:

 

I am passing this "noble act" on to all of you !!!! Vivian Roger, Association U. S. Normandie

 

Since the Fiftieth Anniversary of Charlie's death, the Town of Grand Island NY, has been Proclaiming August 16th as National Airborne Day. The Airborne Community is attempting to get this Day proclaimed on a permanent status by Congress and the President.

 

NO DISRESPECT MENT AT ALL--BUT-- IF THERE IS AN AIRBORNE DAY THERE SHOULD

ALSO BE AN INFANTRY DAY, (COMBAT INFANTRY). 34th divn. over 600 days combat, can

the 82nd match it? I am with Joe on this. this is for two,(2) proud dogface G.Is'

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Sent to me by Howard Huebner - 82nd Airborne

 

National Airborne Day

 

This note was sent to him:

 

I am passing this "noble act" on to all of you !!!! Vivian Roger, Association U. S. Normandie

 

Since the Fiftieth Anniversary of Charlie's death, the Town of Grand Island NY, has been Proclaiming August 16th as National Airborne Day. The Airborne Community is attempting to get this Day proclaimed on a permanent status by Congress and the President.

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I guess we just had less

publicity agents.

Hit the nail on the head there, sir. Looking even within the 101st Airborne, you can see an exampleof that. Most people know of "Easy company, 506th PIR" simply because of the BoB book and TV series. The other 8 companies in that regiment forgotten as well as the other PIR's as well.

Looking back at the Army as a whole, the same thing happened. The paratroopers got the press because what they did was "sexy". My specialty right now is comm. I don't see anyone around taking pictures of antennas for Fox news, et al. They want guns, artillery, and other picturesque stuff.

Plus, there were only a few divisions of those guys and a whole hell of a lot of you dogfaces! Your life didn't suck any less than theirs from day to day, but the press like things that are different. The defense of Bastogne made for an exciting tale as well. 6 months of living hell in the Hurtgen Forset doesn't make such a neat story, I guess.

I second the motion! Let's have a ground pounder day! :armata_PDT_19:

Maj Todd O. USMC, Retired
Grandson of LTC John O'Brien
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