Pvt Richard C. Allemang of the 508th Parachute
Inf., Ft. Benning, Ga., is home for a 10-day furlough with his
family on North Main Street. He has completed 13 weeks basic
training at Camp Blanding, Fla. and three weeks jump training at Ft.
Benning and is now a full-fledged paratrooper. He was awarded
his "paratrooper wings" on Saturday, February 27. He will
return to Ft. Benning on March 12.
[The Marysville Tribune (Marysville, Ohio) ·
Mon, Mar 8, 1943,· Page 2] [PDF]
William D. Garletts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith Garletts of
Tunnelton, W. Va., formerly of Connellsville, has won the right to
wear Wings and Boots of the United States Paratroops. He has
completed four weeks of jump training during which he made five
jumps from a plane in flight, the last a tactical jump at night
involving a combat problem on landing at Fort Benning, Ga.
[The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA, Wednesday, May
31, 1944, Page 3]
Pvt Walter G. Woods 508th U.S. Army Parachute infantry, located at Fort
Benning, Ga., is spending a few days furlough with his parents on Highland
avenue. He has successfully passed his parachute training making five
successful jumps from a plane. He has received his wings..
[Dunkirk Evening Observer (Dunkirk, New
York) · Fri, Mar 12, 1943· Page 10] [PDF]
Corporal Lloyd Kempf
of the 508th Parachute Infantry, Camp Benning, Ga., is spending
a furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kempf, of Janeway street.
[The Kane Republican (Kane,
Pennsylvania) · Fri, Mar 12, 1943, Page 8] [PDF}
Today Is The Day
For weeks and weeks,
I've worked darn hard,
Doing tumbles, pushups and such;
But today is the day,
I'm on my way,
I'm a qualified jumper.
There's thrills and chills,
scares and cares,
"When going out of that plane;
But today is the day,
I can proudly say,
Hurrah, I've made it.
/s/ Adam [Sobczyk]
[courtesy of Debra Wozniak]
Pvt Albert Mocniak, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mocniak, Old
Forge [PA], has been awarded his wings as paratrooper at Fort
[change of address notice]
Samuel Haring , Band, 508th Parachute Infantry, Fort Benning, Ga.
Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania) ·
Sat, Feb 27, 1943 · Page 6
Pvt Sigmund J.
Zbyinski, husband of Mrs. Mary Zbyinski, 7040 Stewart av., now wears the
wings and boots of army paratroopers. He recently completed four weeks
of jump training.
[Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL· 12 Nov 1944, Sun, Page 149]
[Jumpmaster note: Even though Sigmund
went through jump school more than 18 months after the initial 508th
contingent, the pride was still evident]