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#1 I Hate Moths

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:18 PM

Dad jumped around a bit during the war. OCS, Army Air Corps, and ending up in the 13thAirborne. I joke now that he was like Forest Gump, he was everywhere.
This is my Dad

Dad gave me his jump jacket and pants around 1985. I never knew they existed, even after all the snooping around i did in his stuff over the years.

I don't know if this is Dad being dragged or one of his buddies.
 

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 04:11 PM

Dad was a rigger and often bragged that with all the parachutes he packed, there was never even one complaint.

He also graduated from aircrew training. That's him above the green arrow.

Dad was also learning to fly, and i have his log book.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 07:47 PM

I love these kind of posts. Thank you for sharing these.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 08:00 PM

Very nice photos!! Thanks for sharing!

I love all of them but that one of the C-47's sure says more than a thousand words.. ;)

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 08:38 PM

Totally cool! Those are some great photos of your father!

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 08:52 PM

These are proud moments for a son.....special!
Thank you. :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 06:06 PM

Dad was also training to fly. I don't know which of these planes he flew. His log book states, Make and Model Interstate SIA
Engine Continental 65 hp. From 12/28/43 to 1/18/44 he flew eleven times, a total of about ten hours. This was in Manhattan Kansas.
 

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 05:37 PM

Any photos of his jacket and pants ?

Great photos. Love his helmet.

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 05:39 AM

Dad was a rigger and often bragged that with all the parachutes he packed, there was never even one complaint.


I had to chuckle when I read this. That "never had a complaint" is also an old parachute rigger joke along with "if you parachute don't open bring it back to me for a replacement free of charge".

Here is a page on Parachute Riggers that I put together years ago for the Quartermaster Museum. Before 1951 all parachute riggers were trained by the Infantry School, after that date the Quartermaster School trained them:

http://www.qmfound.c...al_delivery.htm

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 06:08 AM

Great site Kevin ! I've bookmarked the site for future reference. Have you ever wondered what it,s like growing up hearing Blood Upon The Risers over and over again. It may have seriously affected me :lol:

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 02:35 PM

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Below is my dad with my uncle Sonny. (Howard T Sullivan) They met in Hamburg shortly after VE day. What are the chances of that ! All i know about uncle Sonny is that he fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 04:16 PM

Great site Kevin ! I've bookmarked the site for future reference. Have you ever wondered what it,s like growing up hearing Blood Upon The Risers over and over again. It may have seriously affected me :lol:



No, but ask my kids :lol: And he ain't gonna jump no more!

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 06:29 AM

Airborne rule #1. Never P*** off the rigger.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 04:49 PM

Great pictures. Your dad was a stud!

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:06 AM

Here is Dad's sweetheart back home.
Mom
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This is my dad"s brother Paul Sullivan
He dropped out in the 9th grade to enlist.
He once told me that he was 17 years old, in Shanghai and second in command on his ship.
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This is my Grandmother writing a letter to one of her 3 sons during the war.
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Posted 22 March 2014 - 05:32 PM

Dad was offered an immediate furlough to train as a paratrooper, after completing his aircrew training.

I guess any chance to go home outweighed any risks. The Western Union telegram asks my grandmother for $100. The receipt is also shown. I ponder now how much money that  was at the time.

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 05:34 PM

This is great stuff. Thanks for sharing. Its gotta be nice to have such a record of his service!



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 05:51 PM

This is great stuff. Thanks for sharing. Its gotta be nice to have such a record of his service!

 

Thank you

Here are the actual orders of reclassification.
 

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 04:12 AM

Here are Dad's Rigger and parachutist certificates, also a recorded message sponsored by Pepsi-cola.

I remember listening to this record when i was a kid. There are stress cracks in it now, and will not play.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 04:24 AM

Dad was a rigger and often bragged that with all the parachutes he packed, there was never even one complaint.

Indeed, something to brag about!



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 10:40 AM

Here is Dad's Aircraft Spotters Handbook, 13th Airborne book, and a park lighter.

 

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 04:54 AM

Looks like Dad is wearing buckle boots.

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Castle ?   Can someone ID this one.  My guess is somewhere in Germany.

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Unknown Paratrooper

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:10 AM

Castle ?   Can someone ID this one.  My guess is somewhere in Germany.

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It looks like the Nibelungen Tower at the end of the Rhein River bridge at Worms, Germany.



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:57 AM

Very Nice Photos of your Dad's Military Service ;)

and Thanks for Sharing them with us Very Interesting.



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 03:19 PM

 

It looks like the Nibelungen Tower at the end of the Rhein River bridge at Worms, Germany.

I think you have it. It looks like remnants of the bridge in the water.

 

Thank you

 

Very Nice Photos of your Dad's Military Service ;)

and Thanks for Sharing them with us Very Interesting.

 

My pleasure
 




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