Pacific Paratrooper reboot…..

Smitty reclining in fron, on the far right, with the HQ Company/187th Regiment/11th Airborne

Pacific Paratrooper will now only publish one post per week.

I first started this website to honor my father and his HQ Co./187th/11th Airborne Division and that is what we intend on doing once again.  Smitty never said, “I did this” or “I did that,”  it was always – “The 11th did IT!”

From the beginning, Everett A. Smith (AKA: Smitty), will be re-introduced, his entrance into WWII, the letters he wrote home and the world that surrounded them at the time.

The Farewell Salutes will continue,  as will the Military Humor columns.  If there is someone you wish to honor in the Salutes, don’t hesitate to give me similar information as you see for others.

1943 11th Airborne yearbook

As a member of the 11th Airborne Association (Member # 4511) myself, I am privy to their newsletter, “The Voice of the Angels,”  and I will be using quotes and stories from that publication.  Matt Underwood, Editor Emeritus, JoAnn, Editor, and the officers of the Association have been of great assistance to me and I thank them very much for their help.

This website is ever changing and being updated, because further knowledge is always being learned.  Smitty told me and many others, “I try to learn something every day.  When I stop, Please, close the lid.”  I have never forgotten that motto to live by and I sincerely hope you all do the same.

Please, DO continue to share what stories you know and/or a link to data you’ve uncovered and put them in the comments.  I am afraid no emails will be opened.  If you are not a blogger, you can Follow by clicking the Follow button in the top right-hand corner of each post.

11th A/B shoulder patch

I thank you all for your contributions in the past and hope you will continue to do so.  If you are new to this site – WELCOME!!  We have a wonderful group of people participating here – join them.

Please remember that these countries, in the following posts, were in a horrendous war and NOTHING written or quoted here is with the intent to disparage any people or nations.  And, I have tried to limit the amount of gory details without shading the facts.  I hope I succeed.

As always – Click on images to enlarge them.

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Military Humor –

Some definitions you may want to keep in mind:

ARMY – a body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats

Critical Terrain: Terrain that if not secured, grabbed, taken or camped out on — you are screwed.

DRAFT BOARD – the world’s largest travel agency

MILITARY EXPERT – one who tells you what will happen next week – and then explains why it didn’t

NEW GUINEA SALUTE – waving the hand over the mess kit to ward off the flies

PACIFIST – a person who fights with everybody BUT the enemy

Pound The Crap Out Of: Somewhere between disrupt and destroy and slightly more than neutralize.

Technique: A noun, used in the phrase: “That’s one technique.” Translated – That’s a really screwed up way to execute this operation and you will probably kill your entire unit. But if you want to do it that way – go ahead.”

WAR – a time that starts off paying old scores and ends up by paying new debts

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Farewell Salutes – 

Robert Arens – Lansing, MI; US Army, WWII, ETO, Purple Heart

Charles “Stu” Bachmann – Bertrand, NE; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, SSgt., B-17 tailgunner

Rosewarne Memorial, courtesy of Destinations Journey

Alvin Cawthon – Tucumcari, NM; US Army, WWII / National Guard (Ret. 42 y.)

Elbert Edwards – Southaven, MS; US Army, WWII, 1st Lt.

Juan Gutierrez – USA; US Army, WWII, PTO, 200th Coast Artillery Regiment, Bataan March, POW, KIA (Luzon, P.I.)

Eddie Hrivnak – Lakewood, OH; US Navy, WWII, PTO, frogman

David Mottoli – Lawrence, MA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, 25th Fighter Squadron / Grumman (Ret.)

Don Newman – South Bend, IN; US Army Air Corps, WWII, B-17 pilot instructor

George Samson – McGee’s Mills, PA; US Coast Guard, WWII

John Toppi Sr. – Providence, RI; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Warwick

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WWII poster

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About GP

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

Posted on March 4, 2021, in ABOUT, First-hand Accounts, SMITTY, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 201 Comments.

  1. Congrats on such an amazing website. I should have mentioned that sooner!!! Your father would be so proud!

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  2. What a wonderful service you have done for your father. I’ve very much enjoyed reading your blog since 2013. Keep up the great work. I salute you.

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    • Yes, you and I have stuck together for quite a while. And don’t think I don’t appreciate it!! I don’t have much time (some days none) to comment on other sites, but please know, I do stop in!!

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  3. Hello GP, I’ve been away from WP, and will continue to be; (cornered like a boxer expecting for punching to cess) may be not as bad but it is the idea. Semper Fidelis is not just a say but a way to be, and you are, and it is great to know somewhere somehow there are people you can count on. For that it is not only to your father to be proud but a much larger family that understand what you are doing on WP so God Speed !

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  4. Looking forward to reading and seeing from the beginning. Thanks for your efforts to honor and preserve more than memories. You are an inspiration to those who need to remember 🙂

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  5. I am looking forward to your new format, GP, and I love the definitions – LOL

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  6. it feels so good reading al the stories and knowing more of history

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  7. Sorry I’m late for this one, GP. You always manage to strike the right tone and balance with these posts. There’s a true skill in that.
    By the way. I left you a message at my blog.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week. Hugs.

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    • No problem – nowadays, as you know, I’ll only be doing one post per week. Besides I know how busy you are.
      I read your message, but not the links. That will have to be later today or tomorrow I’m afraid. If I can’t get to Pearl’s latest episode till late, please don’t be concerned. Saturday I finally have a covid shot appointment, but I really have to travel for it, so I don’t know how much of my day will be taken up. Seems FL has forgotten that the south part of our county has people in it and have the vaccination spots in central, west and north.

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  8. You have done, and are doing, your father proud. You have also, over the years, filled in a giant, complex area of history with so much detail and so much interest to all your followers and fellow researchers. We look forward to whatever you feel like writing about henceforth!

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  9. You are so good to keep these stories alive. I also love Smitty’s motto, and I do try to learn something new every day. I like to watch Jeopardy and Master Minds to keep my mind sharp and learn new info. Bactrian and Dromedary camels. 🐪 🐫, one hump Dromedary, two humps Bactrian. How you remember? The letter D has one hump, a B has two humps. See… learn something new every day.
    Have a great week! 🙂

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  10. And I will read in yours , your father’s and his unit honour and dedication. Cheers sir.

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  11. You have put up a treasure trove of information for all of us, GP. I will still be following your posts as things change.

    Michael’s tree is getting petty big now, much taller than me! 🙂

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    • I appreciate that, Lavinia. I would be heartbroken if I lost you!
      That is so great to hear about Michael’s Tree!! 🌲 The past photos you sent are now dated on the back and in a frame. It’s like watching his sequoia grow!

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  12. So this isn’t the end, is it?

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  13. I don’t know how you kept up the pace so long, GP. Your website is a genuine fount of information. A reader can return to it again and again.

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  14. I love the military, paramilitary, commando

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  15. Are you a World War two vet?

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  16. It’s good to know that you’re sticking to your dad, and the roots of your blog. I’ll be there every week, GP. Looking forward to your posts.

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  17. 💫⭐️✨⭐️✨⭐️💫

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  18. Thank you, Yvette.

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