By Phil Nordyke
Drawing on many oral and unpublished written money owed from veterans of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Phil Nordyke brings the heritage of the regiment to lifestyles, conveying with outstanding immediacy and tool what it was once prefer to be there. This is historical past because it used to be lived through the lads of the 504th, from their pre-war coming of age within the regiment, throughout the finish of global conflict II, after they marched within the Victory Parade down 5th road in long island. The 504th earned 3 bronze stars for his or her parachute wings, one for every in their strive against jumps.
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Back in Tunisia on July 11, the troopers of the 504th Regimental Combat Team made final preparations for the jump scheduled for that night, drawing ammunition, rations, and parachutes. Most of the men in Sergeant Milton Knight’s Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion S-2 section, were armed with M1 rifles and Thompson submachine guns, even though the table of organization and equipment (TO&E) called for most of them to be armed with carbines, a weapon notorious for jamming and inaccuracy. “Our carbine was, to my way of thinking, a toy.
After about four days out to sea, a very bad disease broke out: diarrhea. The trip was plenty miserable from there out. ”14 Major Neptune was surprised that more men didn’t get seasick. “It was beautiful sailing weather. Practically no one got sick from motion. The poor men got sick from the lousy food. m. ”15 The food and even the eating arrangements followed the same caste system, as Lieutenant Breard soon discovered. “They had standing room for the enlisted men to eat. ”16 The unequal treatment of the men and the officers naturally bred resentment among some of the enlisted men, such as Private Ussery.
The pilot turned on the red light designating to me that we had five minutes before the jump. We stood up, had our equipment check procedure, and I was standing in the door as we approached the town of Gela. I would guess that our altitude was about eight hundred feet, because the scheduled jump height was five hundred feet. Suddenly we were in the center of what could best be described as a large Fourth of July fireworks celebration. Puffs of smoke and fireballs began to appear near our plane, and tracers could be seen headed our way.
More Than Courage: Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe: The Combat History of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II by Phil Nordyke