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JUMP GRADUATION CERTIFICATES


Harry Gerheim
September 18, 1942
[trained with 507th PIR, cadre to 508th]

Bryant C. DeLoach
12 Mar 1943
(courtesy of DeLoach family)

Pvt John A. Daum
2 Oct 1943
(courtesy of Tom Stumpner)

Pvt Gail D. Helmick
15 Jan 1944
(courtesy of Adam Helmick)

   As each man completed his five qualifying jumps "from an aircraft in flight" in parachute training at Fort Benning he received a signed certificate attesting that he was now a qualified parachutist.

   Fort Benning was not the only jump school that men of the 508th attended however and during 1943 when they joined the regiment at Camp Mackall, similar certificates were issued.

   Harry Gerheim seems to have been an honest man.  Where his certificate reads "... made the required number of jumps from an aircraft in flight", he crossed out the word "FLIGHT" and wrote instead "FRIGHT".

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