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The Wynne Album

   James T. (Jim) Wynne was was born July 30, 1922 in Battleboro, North Carolina a farming community and was raised on a tobacco farm in Red Oak.
  His life of simple, rural, perhaps even rustic living, was changed dramatically when he volunteered to become a paratrooper.
  He had joined the Army at Camp Croft, South Carolina in October 1942 and never dreamed that he would be back at that same camp on maneuvers in a few short months.
  Unwittingly, Jim's enlistment timing was just in time to join up with the 508th as it began basic training in Camp Blanding, Florida.  Whatever Jim had thought life would be like in the Army undoubtedly underwent significant change as the rigors of basic, especially Airborne basic, was driven home.
   "Driven" is probably a poor choice of wording since as Jim recalls, "we ran everywhere we went and it didn't matter what we were doing, where we were going or why we were going there ... we ran.  Man, did we ever run!"
   Jim also recalled, "
Our days were busy. When we were not learning how to be soldiers, the cadre administered the airborne school program. It [also] included ... calisthenics, hand-to-hand combat and the many unique ways designed by the cadre to stress our capabilities."1
  Jim proudly completed basic and, with his peers, made the journey to Ft. Benning where they learned to jump from an aircraft in flight ... and they did it five times ... to earn the coveted jump wings of a parachutist.
   Jim  became a
light machine gunner in the HQ 1st Company where he served until his discharge on October 13, 1945. He jumped into Normandy as part of Operation Neptune and then into Holland in Operation Market-Garden.  He also fought in Belgium during the Battle of The Bulge.
   A self-professed "pack rat" who "saved everything", we thank Jim for his generosity, and his trust, by loaning us his sizeable photo album to be scanned and presented for your enjoyment herein.

1 - some portions of this text were taken from the e-book "We Served Proudly, The Men of HQ1" - click here to read.

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