Today whilst picking up the usual from the commissary (ie tampons, motor oil, kitty litter etc,) I spotted an older fella wearing his 82nd Airborne Division hat cocked and locked and stepping with pride.
I stopped the fella and said “Airborne”! He of course responded “All the Way!”…well, his HH6 knew it was a lost cause because two generations of paratroopers where gonna spend the next few minutes chatting and she shook her head and wandered off.
We get to talking and he reveals that he served in the 505th in WWII! Ooooooo! My eyes light up and asked him what unit….he said 1st Battalion, in a Demo Platoon. He then revealed proudly that he jumped in
Normandyand jumped one of the first new bazookas into ! He stayed in 22 years and retired from the Division as a SGM after he came back from the Holland and Operation Power Pack! Wow! Dominican Republic
After about 20 minutes his wife came back and saw we were still chattin’ like old women and I told her that I was sorry for taking up his time. She said not to worry that he does it all the time with fellow paratroopers.
He’s 85 and doesn’t use the net at all, but I told him that since I am the VP of the Panther Association, he’s getting a 505th Panther hat gratis from me!
H-Minus! Airborne all the Way there SGM Monnie Sanders!