Nice cover. I helped National Geographic in 2000 or 2001 in June with the D-Day story by Tom Ballard: UNTOLD STORIES OF D-DAY. It "also" made the front cover. A tattered US Flag.
Just yesterday I was contacted by writer Marc Leepson. He just wrote a book about Barry Sadler. I had to have it, as I knew Barry. Marc found me. He's written 6 total books, as I looked him up on Google. I mailed him a check for $30.00. Barry was very interesting. Wrote the song, "The Green Berets". If you order the book, Tell him "Tim" of ww2dday.com told you about it!
Or you can send him an email: [email protected]
If you watch the movie closely, you will see that John Wayne doesn't hookup his Static-line, as he's the jumpmaster! Watch close. We laughed at Bragg, as we saw the movie. You would think after he portrayed Lt Col Ben Vandervort in "The Longest Day", he'd know more about jumping! Vandervoort has 2/505th PIR. His one stick of F-Company landed in the square at Ste Mere Eglise. John Steele got caught on the church, as did Ken Russell. But most never heard about him.
Also in the movie: Green Berets was Col. Welsch of the Airborne Dept at Ft Benning. Remember Joh Wayne yelling, "what are you"! And as the troops were running, "Airborne, All the Way". That was Col Welsch standing next to him, and a real Airborne training company. All the Vietnamese civilians they used: Military dependents from Ft Benning. At the end of the movie, Wayne give's the kid Peterson's (Jim Hutton) beret? Taken near the Benning airfield. You can see the old Pathfinder Course building in the background.
Again, if you email Marc for the book. Tell him I sent you!