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    OMG, that's so sad that those men died. You don't always think about Soldiers being killed during training, but I guess it happens.
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    No one gets to choose how they go but if you gotta go, go in style at least. Screwin' or Jumpin' are preferable to waiting for the Reaper hooked up to a bunch of machines while your family goes broke watching. Then again, dying in your sleep in bed at home is a less expensive and traumatic exit. I think that's what I'll take, in about another 60 years .

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    I recall a similar (Parachute, not coke accident) occurring in the early eighties (80, maybe even 79) right before I got to Bragg when the second bird rolled through a stick of jumpers (again, lower altitude), but I wasn't there when it actually happened so can't say for sure. In that one, ten jumpers suppposedly bought it. I know the incident was being used as another cautionary tale when I was there.
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    Well, if it's gonna happen to you try and piss on the pilot's windshield before he hits you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zuluzerosix View Post
    That was 2/505. It was in 1988. One killed, I think 2 had their chuts hit by the C130 and had to deploy reserves. I was on that jump with a dragon missile jump pack. There used to be a small memorial at 2/505 Ardenns St barracks for Dan Kutzler.
    I was there in '88 in the 2/504th and heard about it happening. Sad and unnecessary accident.
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    Kind of funny (not) how the title of an article is seared into ones memory but not the factual details. After all these many years The Day It Rained Dead Paratroopers is very, very fresh in my mind. For all my Brethren who gave all, even though you were lost in training exercises, your loss is not any less than all the brave heroes lost in combat. RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoBa View Post
    Why it almost as though being a paratrooper is not a nice and safe activity.

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    As the sign over the 82nd Jumpmaster School used to say (probably still does) "The Sky - even more than the Sea- is Unforgiving of the Slightest Mistake."
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    I was on that jump..I was already on ground when I saw folks falling out of sky..A plane went thru E Co 504 inf 1st Airborne Battle Group..I was in company across the street..B co. Troopers were lined up to quit in E co. the next day..They had us to "confidence jumps" all the next week..John DuPont..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hojo View Post
    I was stationed in Germany in the mid to latter 60's I read about a jump that went very, very wrong. The jump may have been at Ft. Bragg or at at Ft. Benning but it seems like it was stateside. As I can remember the 1st wave unloaded their jumpers and when the 2nd wave came in it was too low and 'mowed' thru the jumpers in the 1st wave.

    Since there are so many very well versed veterans here I thought maybe someone could refresh me on what happened that fateful jump.
    i was there watching the jump with my huey with lt general wm boeing i was a crew chief on 603583 we flew all staff.skipallall @gmail.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by skipallall@gmail.com View Post
    i was there watching the jump with my huey with lt general wm boeing i was a crew chief on 603583 we flew all staff.skipallall @gmail.com
    Thanks for stopping by. Do you mind heading over to the introductions part of the forum and posting one?

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    I remember the incident on green ramp it was 5 days after I etsed. I saw guys I knew on the news. I called up there and talked to some of my buddies. Only a few guys from my company happen to be there that day. One guy who no one liked and we thought was a pos was burned when he was pulling guys out of aircraft. It changed my mind about him.
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