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I got this years ago from an 82nd AB. vet.

 

He wanted a date but became friends and got this photo.

 

Marie McMillin champion parachutist.

 

This is one of the coolest photos I own.

 

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Leonardo


I collect items from The Battle of Iwo Jima (1945).

Top Iwo Jima Items I'm Looking For:

1) IDed 5th MarDiv Corpsman Jumper or Forest Green Coat.

2) IDed Coast Guard Navy Jumper

3) IDed CB's Sea Bee's Navy Jumper

4) IDed 147th Infantry Regiment Army Service Coat

5) IDed 32nd ID Army Service Coat (Occupation Kyushu with 5th MarDiv).

I am always looking for named and dated WWII USMC Forest Green wool alpha jackets/coats from the 5th Marine Division or other units who participated in the battle.

My Blog "Marines In Forest Green" http://marinesinfore...n.blogspot.com/

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Leonardo

 

She gets mentioned elsewhere on the forum: she was WAC private and parachute rigger at Fort Benning, Georgia in WWII.

 

And, "she had approximately 400 parachute jumps from a wide variety of altitudes. She was also famous for having made a name for herself by jumping out of one airplane and landing in another while in flight! In 1932, she made a jump of over 20,000 feet!"

 

She appeared in a Camel ad in 1939 and a New Yorker magazine article in 1943 before she joined the WACs.

 

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Ironic really. Little did she know it, but here was more risk to her from smoking that Camel than hurling herself out of a plane! :o


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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VERY interesting photo! I would love a sit down interview with her!


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VERY interesting photo! I would love a sit down interview with her!

 

I agree! This is a great photo! Thanks for posting this!

 

.....Kat


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See page 114 in "Airborne Album, 1943-1945, Normandy to Victory" for a photo of her doing a "Women at War" radio broadcast from Ft Benning, July 1944. In the picture she wears no chevrons at all, but does have jump wings (with "R" added on), oval, ABC SSI and parachute cap disc (on a WAC "banana" cap, with green-gold piping). Summer khaki unif.

 

I would post a scan, but have never been successful at that.

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Yes.....I love her!

 

 

Leonardo


I collect items from The Battle of Iwo Jima (1945).

Top Iwo Jima Items I'm Looking For:

1) IDed 5th MarDiv Corpsman Jumper or Forest Green Coat.

2) IDed Coast Guard Navy Jumper

3) IDed CB's Sea Bee's Navy Jumper

4) IDed 147th Infantry Regiment Army Service Coat

5) IDed 32nd ID Army Service Coat (Occupation Kyushu with 5th MarDiv).

I am always looking for named and dated WWII USMC Forest Green wool alpha jackets/coats from the 5th Marine Division or other units who participated in the battle.

My Blog "Marines In Forest Green" http://marinesinfore...n.blogspot.com/

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Amazing photograph and story-- thanks for bumping this one up!

 

Scott

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