78th National Airborne Day

“Airborne All The Way”

Author Unknown

These men with silver wings

Troopers from the sky above

In whom devotion springs

What spirit so unites them?

In brotherhood they say

Their answer loud and clear.

“Airborne All the Way.”

These are the men of danger

As in open door they stand

With static line above them

And ripcord in their hand.

While earthbound they are falling

A silent prayer they say

“Lord be with us forever,

Airborne All the Way.”

Saint Mike

One day they’ll make their final jump

Saint Mike will tap them out

The good Lord will be waiting

He knows what they’re about

And answering in unison

He’ll hear the troopers say

“We’re glad to be aboard, Sir,

Airborne All the Way!”

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Airborne Humor – 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

John Barber – Toledo, OH; US Army, Vietnam, Captain, 101st Airborne Division

Billy Enzor – Ft. Lauderdale, FL; US Army, 187th RCT

Warren Evans – Clarksville, TN; US Army Korea & Vietnam, Colonel, 187th RCT, 2 bronze Stars

Edward Fallon Jr. – Boston, MA; US Army, Korea, 101st Airborne Division, pathfinder

Francis ‘Red’ Grandy – Russell, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII / Star & Stripes photographer

Henry Kalb Jr. – Atlanta, GA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Division

Larry Noll – Sheldon, WA; US Army, 82nd Airborne Division

Anothony Patti – Bronx, NY; US Army, 82nd Airborne Division, medic

William Shank – Harrisburg, VA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, 1st Lt., 338th Fighter Squadron/8th Air Force, Purple Heart, KIA

Reymund Transfiguracion – Waikoloa, HI; US Army, Afghanistan,  3/1st Special Forces Group, Sgt. 1st Class, KIA

Charles Watson – Vero Beach, FL; US Army, Artillery/11th Airborne Division

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SHOUT OUT !!!

Personal Note – I know I promised a post for the women on the home front for today, but the calendar has changed my schedule.  That post will appear Monday, 20 August 2018.

Thank you.

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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, 2018, in Current News, Korean War, SMITTY, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 103 Comments.

  1. I enjoyed the poetry and the slide show, GP!

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  2. Thanks for following my blog; you are very kind. Thanks for your like of my posts.

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  3. Only a Military poet could write those words and capture the Soul of an Airborne Warrior.
    Cheers gp.

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  4. Thanks for following my blog, and for your like of my post; you are very kind.

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  5. Hats off to Airborne!

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  6. Thanks for sharing!!! I love it!

    Like

  7. In Basic Trng, we would sing a cadence song while running, ‘I wanna be an Airborne Ranger, I wanna live a life of danger…’. While we were only new soldiers, it still pumped you up singing that…

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  8. An intriguing featured photo that compliments the other sequence of images. A beautiful tribute!

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  9. Her grandfathers jumb

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  10. She did it in remembrance of his jumb in WWII.

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  11. My granddaughter just jumped June 6 2018 in Norway with the French.

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  12. i was talked into
    jumping out of a plane,
    almost 🙂

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  13. Wonderful poem and the slideshow is awesome. I couldn’t help but think how proud you must be of your dad. I imagine holding those silver wings and looking at the pictures in the slide show and feeling…WOW…my dad did that!

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  14. I really like this a lot Sir, it is excellent, it is an honor to reblog this for you.

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  15. A great tribute again, dear GP Cox! Thank you for sharing the poem and a most impressive slide show.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend. We have finally had some rain and it’s cooling down to normal temperatures again. Hope your fine!
    The Fab Four of Cley Xx Xx

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  16. You brought a bit of a tear in my eyes. Actually, more than one. My dad was a paratrooper in WWII. He made his final jump a number of years ago, but I hear him within me as I read the poem out loud. He’s applauding… and saluting.

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  17. Great poem and slide show. Wonderful.

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  18. My husband was Airborne for four years.

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  19. A wonderful tribute verse and you must be very proud of “Pops.”

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  20. Someone today was talking about planning a visit to Vietnam. A man, who was working with us said, “It wasn’t a great place to land when I parachuted down during the war.” These are brave men through all our conflicts.

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  21. I am able to continue my Stand
    ing Farewell salutes…thank you so much. Looking forward to Monday!

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  22. Thank you for the slideshow and poem, GP. Definitely, we should honor those men.

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  23. Great slideshow; the cartoon – Willie & Joe? (didn’t see Mauldin’s mark in the corner…)

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  24. What a wonderful poem, GP. I’ve never seen it but it says it all. My daughter considered USAFA but ended up at USNA. She was quite impressed with AF history.

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  25. AIRBORNE – ALL THE WAY!

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  26. Airborne All the Way is a beautiful poem, GP. Any idea who wrote it?

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  27. Very nice! I enjoyed that.

    And so much more eloquent than “Stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door …”

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  28. Great post – very nice tribute to a vary special group. I love that cartoon about the pilot.

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  29. Love the poem. Salute to your father and all the paratroopers!

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  30. Wow… that gave me goosebumps, GP. Have a thriving Thursday.

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  31. Great Post GP. Here’s to all the Paratroopers, past and present!

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  32. I heard Rod Serling talk once ( Twilight Zone ) . He had been a paratrooper and he claimed that some of his story ideas came to him as he waited to jump — keeping his mind off of the jump.

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  33. Excellent photo of Smitty

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  34. “Geronimo”!
    Nice tribute, GP. My youngest uncle was in the paratroops, but it was during the 1950s, and he was lucky enough to never have to go into action.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  35. I have done skydiving before and cannot imagine the courage it takes to jump into combat. Thankful for our military.

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  36. My uncle told me that the Glider Force was nothing but a semi-controlled crash….LOl chuq

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