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508TH IN KOREA


Army Sergeant John M. Aicholtz, 22, son of Mrs. Anne Aicholtz, 5520 Hopewell, Church Road, Lancaster, was one of more than 800 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C., who participated in Exercise Freedom Vault in the Republic of Korea, March 3-6.
   The exercise, held jointly with South Korean forces, was designed to demonstrate the capability to rapidly deploy U.S. Strike Command Units from this country to an overseas area for immediate tactical operations. The Airborne troops were flown on the 8,500 mile polar route journey by transport aircraft of the U.S. Air Force.
   Highlighting the exercise was a parachute assault into the simulated combat zone well south of the Korean demilitarized zone. Freedom Vault was the second exercise of its type to be held in the Republic of Korea. Paratroopers of the 82nd also jumped there during exercise Focus Retina in March 1969.
  Sgt. Aicholtz is a fire team leader in Company C, 2nd Battalion of the Division's 508th Infantry. He holds the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal for Heroism, Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Purple Heart.
   His wife, Judith, lives at 5523 Marcia St.. Fayetteville, N.C.

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