A United States Army paratrooper exiting
the door of a "perfectly good aircraft!"

Insignia for 1st & 2nd Battalions, 509th Airborne Infantry (Mechanized), 8th Infantry Division. Circa 1963, the 509th was reactivated in Mainz, Germany as two battalions then, later reduced to one battalion during the summer of 1973. It was inactivated on 17 Jan 1992. During 1972-1973, I served with the 1/509th as a medic.

As soldiers, we parachuted both during the daytime and at night in Germany...often times landing in fields of sugar beets. I was also lucky to have had the opportunity to socialize with British paratroopers and to jump from their dirigibles (gas-filled ballons) in York and Scarborough, England.