TAKES TOUGH CONSTITUTION
by John H. Thompson
WASHINGTON, April 4 ---(AP) --- The
Army announced today the 50th [sic] Airborne infantry regiment will
be reactivated later this month at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The regiment will be assigned to Third army headquarters. The
Army sad it will be made up of key personnel drawn from the 82nd
The regiment will be organized to provide for possible future
expansion to regimental combat team strength, the announcement said.
During World War II, the unit was known as the 508th parachute
infantry regiment attached to the 82nd airborne division.
During the Normandy invasion, the division was commanded by Maj.
Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, now the three-star commander of the Eighth
army in Korea.
The Army said the reformed regiment will be commanded by Col.
Joseph P. Cleland of Omaha, Neb. He now commands the 504th
regiment of the 82nd airborne division.
[The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Corpus Christi, TX,
Dec 4, 1951, Page 7]
parachute-jumping is gained by William R. Bunting, Fort Knox
trainee, with a leap from the roof of his Armored Company barracks.
Practices Jump In Hope Of Diving Into Paratroop Unit
Fort Knox trainee William R. Bunting, 17, Lynn, Mass., wanted
to "have the jump" on any other trainees hoping for transfer to
paratroop duty when they reach the eligible age of 18.
That's why his buddies in the Universal Military Training
Experimental Unit found him making practice jumps from the roof of
his Armored Company barracks.
"I'll admit that jumping off my barracks roof is not quite the same
as leaping out of a plane with a parachute," he explained, "but you
fall just as hard."
Bunting said he yearned to join the paratroops ever since he picked
up a newspaper in Alton, N. H., in 1944 and read about the 82d
Airborne Division's descent into Holland.
This youth is one of 650 from every state in the U.M.T. unit. His
officers describes him as a typical trainee as well as "a modern
He picks better landing places, though, than did the mythological
Icarus, who dropped into the water. Bunting falls on a mattress.
POINTS of a parachute are told Bunting, center, by SSgt. Edward R.
Scovill, left, and TSgt. Joseph Dye to satisfy his curiosity.
[all above items are part of an article in The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, 21 Dec 1947, Sun, Page 16]