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08-16-2005, 05:01 PM
16 August, 2005 is National Airborne Day.

National Airborne Day is not a national holiday. Each year National Airborne Day must be passed by congress and singed by the President.

On August 16, 1940, 40 American solders made the first experimental military parachute jump. This resulted in the first American Airborne military outfit: The 501 PIR (Parachute Infantry Battalion.) The rest is history. You can read a little about it at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/08/20020814-7.html

I am a bit saddened on this day for several reasons:

1. Warrant Officer Loyd McCullough died this year. Loyd McCullough was one of the original 40 who jumped on August 16, 1940. But more than that, he served his country in the military for over 30 years, participating in major wars and conflicts.

2, Sergeant Robert Frances Greene died this year. Robert Frances Greene was one of the original black paratroopers to serve his country. Against great odds, he serviced with distinction and honor during WWII.

3. A comrade and person friend died this year. Charles (Chuck) Abee was an Air Force Combat Controller. Abee serviced his country from 1951 to 1974 and participated in several conflicts. I had the privilege and honor of being one of Abeeís team mates. A nicer human being you will never meet and I will miss him.

4. Last but not least. Americanís are still dying in Iraq and things seem to be worst than they were a year ago with no solution in sight.

Sorry to stand on the soapbox with such nostalgia but I canít help myself.

08-16-2005, 05:21 PM
Thanks Ray - but it's not "nostalgia." One of the problems w/the current war is the lack of connection to the people doing the fighting: we should never take their courage and the sacrifices they've made for granted. The men (and women) who serve have lives and stories that should be acknowledged.

And I appreciate the reminder: Number-One-Son is a history buff, who will be starting an honors class in US History in a couple of short (too short!) weeks. Will have to pass your post on to him...