National Airborne Day

 

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16 August 1940 was the first official U.S. Army parachute jump.

Everett "Smitty" Smith, 11th A/B, New Guinea

Everett “Smitty” Smith, 11th A/B, New Guinea – my dad.

 

On 14 August 2002, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation to honor the troopers with their own commemorative day – which can be found HERE>

 

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3 August 2009, the U.S. Senate recognized National Airborne Day with Senate Resolution 235.

 

HERE’S TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!!

THANK YOU !!

THANK YOU !!

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From Smitty’s scrapbook_______

From Everett Smith's real scrapbook/ glider and jump training

From Everett Smith’s real scrapbook/ glider and jump training

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Farewell Salutes –Β 

Bert Vincent Brickle – Christchurch, NZ; RNZ Army # 447652, WWII, ETO, ( Fellow blogger, Galivanta [Ann]’s cousin)

Peter Gritis – Reston, VA; US Army, LtColonel, WWII, ETO, 7th Armored Division

Pedro Hernandez – Crystal, MN; US Army, WWII & Korea, 82nd Airbornejohncmaxwell383606

Nicholas Kremer – Cascade, IA; US Army Air Force, WWII paratrooper, ETO, Purple Heart

Maurice O’Toole – Toronto, CAN, RAF, pilot

Charles Skapik – Charlerol, PA; US Army Air Force, 457th Artillery/11th Airborne, WWII, PTO

Vince Tancredi – Windham, NY; US Army Air Corps, 503rd Reg., paratrooper

John Wheeler – Canton, CT; US Army Air Corps, WWII, 82nd Airborne

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 16, 2014, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 68 Comments.

  1. This is very interesting and heart warming blog. I am so proud of all our men and women on active duty and retired. I am forwarding this to my son who is in the military, then his friends will see it also. Thank you.

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  2. Thank you for the post and prayer, GP. I came in later than men like your dad, but believe me, the spirit these men showed became a part of the troopers that followed.

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  3. Best wishes to all members past and present on National Airborne Day. The defense of Bastogne during the Battle kf the Bulge by the 101st Airborne Division has been identified as one of the finest achievements of American arms.

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  4. For me limit of air born = 6 ft ladder.

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  5. Great reading and pics, interesting background in your Dads picture.
    Was interesting to read the background on the parachuting beginnings in War.
    Emu

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    • Thanks, too bad the other countries were way ahead of us in that area, but I think we caught up. I appreciate you coming by to read and comment, Ian. You’re a good friend.

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  6. Imagine all the risks of coming down from an aircraft suspended from an oversized hanky before you even start fighting. Yet some of the guys even regarded that as the fun part!
    Strange to think that jump happened only a couple of months before I did.

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  7. A very special day and close to your heart I know.

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  8. As an in heart a military fanatic I truly enjoy your posts which are a great supplement to the books on the shelf.

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    • Thank you very much. I know I don’t comment much on your site, but I do read everyday. I hope you don’t take offense since it is just life and time restraints getting the way!

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  9. Such a touching and beautiful tribute. Love the Soldiers Prayer.

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  10. Gpcox, the “Soldier’s Prayer” was so touching… I always see a young man in the grips of fear yet overcoming that fear to do his job… like Smitty. I’m sure to some, if they were to survive, aging may have been a most difficult concept… To see buddies ecentually fall but not from bullets. Thank you, Smitty.

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    • I do know Smitty had trouble hearing Taps. That was the main reason I included the gliders, all the funerals he went to while they developed those things…. Thank you very much for reading, Koji.

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  11. The prayer is wonderful. Thank you for including it.

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  12. Well done, GP. I’ve repinned the prayer to my Pinterest prayer board.

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  13. Great prayer and tribute to National Airborne Day. Loved seeing the picture of your Dad.

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  14. Wonderful prayer. I love that it’s a prayer that covers a lifetime, not just a moment.

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  15. Great slide show.
    Lillian

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  16. Seven years from proclamation to resolution…typical government slows…wow! So was Smitty in the very first Airborne jump?

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    • No, Smitty was drafted in Sept. 1942, 2 years later. I hear what you’re saying about slow government – I thought the same thing when I read this (That was the reason I put it in, πŸ˜† ) Thanks for reading, Mrs P.

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  17. My son-in-law, 101st Airborne, and I thank you for the great post!

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  18. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    The prayer is very nice; God must have come to mind often.

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  19. A special prayer for very special warriors.

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  20. Being proud of your Dad shaped you as a person, for sure. Great examples, forever.

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  21. always good to see the ways in which we honor these brave men and women. I love the entries from the scrapbook.

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    • Thanks, Dan. I love to add them, but don’t want be too repetitive. I appreciate the encouragement.

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      • One of the best things about following your blog is the way you have expanded my understanding of this (these) war(s). I have read a lot of books, including the Tie Life series WWII, but all of them covered the traditional story give or take a little commentary. Here, I’ve read things I’ve never heard of before. I think you are striking a fine balance, and I appreciate the effort.

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        • I couldn’t ask for a better compliment than to learn someone has read and learned something!! In much of this research – I’ve been learning myself and it’s great!!

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  22. A great tribute for National Airborne Day. Sky warriors, I think President Bush called them. The prayer at the beginning is very touching. I am glad there is a special prayer for the Airborne Veterans. Thank you for the inclusion in the Farewell Salute.

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  23. The prayer is very moving.

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  24. Paul H. Lemmen

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

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  25. Another great set of images here !!!!

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  26. Not sure which was worse, parachute or glider.. Neither was good I reckon

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