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PARATROOP TRAINING COURSE
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 Airborne division.
   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, Tuesday, Dec 4, 1951, Page 7]

FORETASTE of parachute-jumping is gained by William R. Bunting, Fort Knox trainee, with a leap from the roof of his Armored Company barracks.

 

Trainee 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 Icarus."
   He picks better landing places, though, than did the mythological Icarus, who dropped into the water. Bunting falls on a mattress.

FINE 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]

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