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CAMP MACKALL NEWS LINE (7.2)

Qualified Wear
    "Wings And Boots"

 Private First Class Kenneth G. Macdonald. son of Mrs. E. Macdonald of 312 West Broadway, and Private George Turkmany, husband of Mrs. Mary Turkmany, 431 Tenth avenue, have won the right to wear "Wings and Boots" of the United States Army Paratroops.
   They have completed four weeks of jump training during which time they made five Jumps, the last a tactical jump at night Involving a combat problem on landing.

[The Morning Call, Paterson, NJ, 01 Dec 1944, Fri, Page 11

Corp Edwin LuczaJ son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael LuczaJ of Oakdale returned to Camp Mackall, North Carolina. Monday night after spending a 10-day furlough with his parents.
   He is a member of the 508th Parachute Infantry. Corp Luczaj's picture appeared in The Journal about three weeks ago. He has also been awarded a good conduct medal.
   He enlisted) in the army May 9 1942 and was in the artillery until September 1942 when he transferred to the paratroops .
   When asked Just why he joined the paratroops Corp LuczaJ said he actually couldn't answer that question because he really didn't know unless it was for the thrills.
   He said they have three weeks training before they jump from a plane.
   On the fourth week they receive their wings after making five jumps.
   Corp LuczaJ has 12 Jumps to his credit. His brother SgL Raymond LuczaJ Is also a paratrooper and he went overseas In April. It Is highly probable that he was with the paratroops which landed in Sicily as the last word they received from him was from Africa.
  Corp Luczaj is 21 years old. Incidentally ha said they are a still accepting volunteers.

[Nashville Journal, Nashville, IL 19 Aug 1943, Thu Page 3]

COMPLETES TRAINING

   Pvt. Vernon H. Winter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Winter, 927 First street south, has won the right to wear wings and boots of the U.S. ar my paratroops. He has completed four weeks of jump training during which time he made five jumps, the last a tactical jump at night, involving a combat problem on landing.

[St. Cloud Times, Saint Cloud, MN, 24 Nov 1944, Fri, Page 4]