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#1 grrrldoc

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 12:50 AM

I just got this incredible artifact and wanted to share it with you all...

It's a small (pilot?) chute signed by LOTS of soldiers (I haven't counted, but I'll bet more than 50); most are men from Company B of the 505th. All appear to be survivors, so either this was done shortly after the war, or at a reunion.

One thing puzzles me a bit - I had assumed that this was a pilot chute from the parachute rigging used by the Airborne - but in another post, I am told that they did not have pilot chutes, since the static line was attached directly to the ripcord of the main chute...

The chute is white silk, and measures just over 48 inches in diameter lying flat. There are many small areas, and one large area, where the fountain pen nib that was being used to write (or draw) had torn the silk...Still, it is a great piece and I love the way the campaigns are listed in fan-like order around the top of the canopy, as well as the artistic renderings!

Is this a US-made chute? A foreign chute? Any help appreciated!

Doc

BTW - I'm going to list all the signatures that are on it in a later post- but for now, here are some pics (sorry for the poor quality of some of them):

TOP OF CHUTE:

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Chute1.jpg

UNDERSIDE OF CHUTE:

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Chute2.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Chute3.jpg

STAMPING ON CHUTE:

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Stamping.jpg


ARTWORK:

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Art1.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Art2.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Art3.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Art4.jpg

CAMPAIGNS, ETC.:

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Campaign1.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Campaign2.jpg

Edited by grrrldoc, 30 December 2008 - 12:57 AM.


#2 grrrldoc

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:02 AM

Here are some more photos:


http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Campaign3.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Campaign4.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Campaign5.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Campaign6.jpg


SAMPLING OF SOME SIGNATURES:

http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Sig1.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Sig2.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Sig3.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Sig4.jpg
http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq287/grrrldoc/Sig5.jpg

Edited by grrrldoc, 30 December 2008 - 01:03 AM.


#3 Bob Hudson

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:07 AM

A very cool artifact Doc. We have a thread on another small chute marked as a souvenir: http://www.usmilitar...?showtopic=5584

The thread says it is a flare parachute:

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:07 AM

I will add a HUGE thanks to whoever has the site allamerican82nd.com, because it lists the roster of the men in the company. Interestingly (but not surprisingly), some of the names are slightly misspelled...

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:12 AM

A very cool artifact Doc. We have a thread on another small chute marked as a souvenir: http://www.usmilitar...?showtopic=5584

The thread says it is a flare parachute:

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Oh, that is a neat one! A flare parachute...I hadn't heard of those, but it makes sense - I was trying to think of what it would have been used for if it wasn't a pilot chute. I wonder why the 11th Airborne one is orange and mine is white...

Anyone recognize the stamping on the chute?

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:34 AM

When my cousins used to live on the edge of Ft. Riley, we used to find these things all the time with spent flare canisters attached to them. They were a little more modern of course. I had one in my collection, it was the one that I used to jump off my uncle's porch with. To this day, I don't know why my legs didn't break from the 20' fall.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:31 PM

Wow what a find! I noticed that one of the guys who signed it was from Melville Ave in Bridgeport,CT. What a small world? That's a block away from where my grandparents live and a few miles from where I live. Hell of an artifact you've got there. Congrats.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:39 PM

That is a true treasure!!!!!!!..... http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif ......mike

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:21 PM

I had auction zipped this but just missed it. I wanted if for the man who signed it from shippensburg PA. where I went to college and i believe I have met this man. It would have been great to show it to him and see if he remembered doing it. And what the circumstances behind the signing and artwork was.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:31 PM

I had auction zipped this but just missed it. I wanted if for the man who signed it from shippensburg PA. where I went to college and i believe I have met this man. It would have been great to show it to him and see if he remembered doing it. And what the circumstances behind the signing and artwork was.


my sister attends Shippensburg. Many a buddy of mine has graduated from there. I was from Carlisle back before the Corps

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:44 PM

That is a true treasure!!!!!!!..... http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif ......mike

That about covers it! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/w00t.gif

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 07:35 AM

This looks like a parachute flare 'chute. Maybe from a 60mm mortar star shell or something similiar? I've got one from the handheld flares we used in 1982 that fired similiar to a shotgun; the top was put on the bottom of the flare and you smacked it with your hand, launching the flare which then deployed the chute.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 08:35 AM

my sister attends Shippensburg. Many a buddy of mine has graduated from there. I was from Carlisle back before the Corps



Really? Wow. I live in mechanicsburg, and I have been going there since I got back from Iraq in spring 2006. I like it in shippensburg. I am 23 years old and currently deploying again to Iraq . I look forward to getting back to shippensburg for my final 3 semesters when I come back from the sandbox again. Relating that back to the chute section, I met this man who I believe to have signed chute at the shippensburg VFW about a few years ago. I was the youngest member of the VFW at the age of 21. He used to ask me about Iraq, and in turn I would ask of what he did. He told me many stories and seemed sharp enough to remember it like it was yesterday. Thats why I assumed if he were still around he would remember doing something like this.

Edited by ccmax, 31 December 2008 - 10:42 AM.


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Posted 31 December 2008 - 10:00 AM

I had auction zipped this but just missed it. I wanted if for the man who signed it from shippensburg PA. where I went to college and i believe I have met this man. It would have been great to show it to him and see if he remembered doing it. And what the circumstances behind the signing and artwork was.



19delta-uav, feel free to print out my photos and show it to the fellow from Shippensburg (or if you would like me to PM them to you, just send me a message) -

I had wondered if any of the vets were living still. I ended up counting 55 signatures on the chute, and since all have the hometown (and most have the addresses), tomorrow I will post all the sigs and addys and see if anyone happens to live near a vet who might still be living and remember this!!!

I would dearly love to know the story behind when and where it was signed by one of the vets that originally signed it, and also let them know that it is still around and being preserved and looked after. Waaay too much history in these signatures - if only all 55 could talk...

Cheers and Happy New Year to you all!

Doc

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:30 AM

I could see how it could be puzzling. it could quite possibly be a T-10 reserve pilot parachute. these days the reserve is packed with a spring device to launch the pilot parachute out, but earlier models were spring loaded with a collapseable spring inside the chute. the Main parachute doesn't have a piolt chute the static line is attached to the bridle.

it could be from a number of occasions birth, reunion, picnic, change of command ect...

what does it measure 60 or 68 inch?

Edited by orko, 31 December 2008 - 11:40 AM.


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Posted 31 December 2008 - 10:00 PM

Woah thats quite an interesting piece of history there!

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 04:15 AM

OK - here's the list! They are listed alphabetically by state, and I copied the info exactly as it is on the chute. The names in bold are the ones that also appear on the roster of Company B, 505th PIR.

If anyone happens to live near (or know of) a vet who is still alive and on the list, please let me know! I'd love to contact them and find out what they recall about the signing of the chute...


1) H.W. BROWN
308 Visalia Rd.
Exeter, Calif.



2) JOHN B. TORRES, JR.
719 Cypress Ave.
San Mateo, Calif.



3) SGT. V.D. SPRAGUE
520 1/2 S. State St.
Ukiah, California


4) EARLE D. COOPER
45 Aetna St.
Naugatuck, Conn.


5) THOMAS R. MURE JR.
80 Melville Ave.
Bridgeport, Conn.
Phone 5-2067


6) DAVE DISPENNETT
6047 Kimbark
Chicago, Ill.


7) GEORGE SCHALASKY
Chicago, Ill.


8) PERRY WEISBAUM
4934 N. Drake
Chicago, Ill.



10) HAROLD P. JAMES
Co. B 3189th S.S.B.
U.S. Army
502 Independence Ae.
Waterloo, Iowa


11) SAMUEL R. MINSHEW
431 W. 12th Ave.
Cordele, GA.




12) SGT. DE COIGNE
35 Myrtle St.
Adams, Mass.



13) D. A. RHODES
Hagerstown, MD.




14) PFC. GORDON R. HAMILTON
Owasso, Michigan




15) MILT. MOSIMANN
3239 Thomas
Minneapolis, Minn.




16) ANDREW J. DAVIS
322 Elizabeth St.
(?) Miss.



17) PVT. LINZEY E. SWANNER
Meridian Miss. Route 6
Home



18) JOE. E. ROYBAL
550 Chevy St.
Kansas City, MO.




20) ARTIST
ROLAND W. GONTHIER
Somersworth, New Hampshire




21) PAUL MONTOYA
Albuquerque, New Mex.




22) JAMES VAN DER GANG
47 Wagaraw Blvd.
Paterson, New Jersey



23) (DADDY)
"BILL MOUNT"
23 - 47 122nd St.
College Point, New York



24) LEO. E. OOT
Kirkville RFD #1
New York



25) ANTHONY T. ANTONIOU
21-44 29th st.
Astoria L.I.C.
N.Y




26) ELMO JONES
Elon College, N.C.




27) DILLARD YATES
RFI Box 94
Boone, N.C.



28) HAROLD OFSTHUN
410 19th St. SE
Minot, N. Dak.



29) NICK VELTON
2222 Gilbert Ave. NE
Canton, Ohio



30) JESSE BEN SNYDER
Grove City, Ohio RR#2




31) JOSEPH A. KAWOWSKI
Dillonvale, Ohio
Box 235



32) PAUL C. DAVIS
1230 82nd St
Tulsa, Oklahoma




33) ROBERT W. PROPP
6222 Kankakee St.
Muskoges, Okla.




34) S/SGT HOWARD PARKER
403 Taylor St.
Astoria, Oregon



35) EDWARD STACKOWICZ
1015 Pine St.
Ambridge, PA




36) FRANCIS B. PIERCE
Chester, Penna.



37) WALTER J. BIERMAN
Conneaut Lake Park
Conneaut, Penna,



38) PHIL LEOPARDI
318 Franklin Ave.
Ellwood City, PA




39) PAUL HILOVSKY
Box 247
Lyndora, Penna.




40) CARL STELLATO
1038 Bessemer St.
Meadville, Penn.



41) BERNARD J. SHAW
501 Green St.
Norristown, PA





42) ABE MALLIS
5925 Belmar Ter.
Phila., Penna.




43) WM. JACKSON JR.
2034 E. Wishart St.
Phila., PA



44) "ROOKIE"
THOMAS RUKAVINA
26 Vine St.
Pittsburgh, PA



45) CHARLES INGRAM
Shippensburg, Penna.





46) FODOR M. LUDWIG
2650 9th W.
Seattle, Wash.




47) HAROLD E. JAMES
2104 West Virginia Ave.
Wash., D.C.




48) GEO. ROBINSON
552 Hite St.
Huntington, W. VA



49) ROY L. WELLS
War, W. VA



50) HERSCHEL TAYLOR
933 1/2 E. 4th St.
Williamson, W. VA



51) LEONARD J. WEBSTER
Goodman, Wisc.



52) LARRY VOGEL
Loyal, Wisconsin



53) CARROLL BOWER
Mauston, Wisc.



54) MARKUS RUPANER
1913 West Mileneski Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin



55) GEO. TRULOCK
Niagara, Wisc.


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:15 PM

Great find! My uncle was #20 from Somersworth NH. Would it be possible for you to photograph and post the section of the chute with his signature. He landed in Normandy, was wounded and MIA and later found alive. The signatures may have been done in the hospital during recovery?

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:42 AM

Very nice. One of a kind.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:01 PM

17) PVT. LINZEY E. SWANNER
Meridian Miss. Route 6
Home



this is my grandpaw. he passed 9/03 but if possible would you post the pic of his name or email me the pic.

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:03 AM

Excellent Very Nice Item to have in any collection
a lot of Famous battle places listed on that Chute.

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 07:16 PM

Excellent Very Nice Item to have in any collection
a lot of Famous battle places listed on that Chute.


Have you considered donating it to the 82nd Airborne Division Museum at Fort Bragg?

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 01:56 PM

Have you considered donating it to the 82nd Airborne Division Museum at Fort Bragg?



I don't own it ?

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 11:41 AM

Hey Leonard J Webster is (was) my father-in-law's uncle.

 

I know this is a totally ancient thread, but can you please get a picture of his name?  It would mean a lot.

 

Thanks.




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