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MAY 2009

     2010 REUNION VENUE ANNOUNCED – Plans are being made for what promises to be a great reunion in Oklahoma City, OK next year.
This reunion will be a definite “MUST” as OK City is not only a great place to visit, but also because we will visit the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team (ADT) headquarters at nearby Frederick, OK for a full day of activities.
If the ADT name sounds familiar, that is because it is the same team that staged the jumps for us at the Birmingham reunion in 2007. They were a smash hit then and now we have the chance to see them in action again … this time at their home base.
The event is being spearheaded by Jason Wolcott, a member of the ADT and also the nephew of Jack Wolcott (508th PIR, F Co.) who was KIA on September 18, 1944
The ADT has not one, but two, C-47s in their hangar, a restored WW-II building nestled amongst others on what used to be Frederick Army Air Field. During World War II the airfield was used by the U.S. Army Air Force Training Command. The ADT facilities also boast an authentic barracks and a mess hall where we may find ourselves in the chow line. Both buildings are used regularly by their jump training school.
RIDE ALONGS! Perhaps the highlight of the day for many will be ride-along flights enabling attendees to fly in an authentically restored C-47. Whether you are a veteran reliving your past or someone experiencing what the veterans did during their training and combat flights, you can’t miss this event!
Stay tuned on the reunion as it is still in the early planning stages. There is a lot more to come, especially after a date is firmed up.
SICK CALL – MARLY PORTER, wife of CARL PORTER (Service Company) recently suffered two compression fractures of her vertebrae due to osteoporosis and subsequently fell and broke her hip … probably, CARL thinks, because back pain caused her to flinch and fall. The hip broke into 4 or 5 pieces and she now has “a bunch of titanium rods and screws tying it back together”, reported CARL. She is now in a skilled nursing center undergoing therapy and even though it hurts terribly she is doing everything the therapist asks her to do. Get Well wishes can be sent to her at 1201 W Northmoor Rd, Apt 222, Peoria, IL 61614-3466.
WOLLATON PROJECT GETS A GREEN LIGHT – After a long wait and the cutting of plenty of red tape to secure funding, a special project at the site of the 508th encampment will soon be underway.
With sufficient funds now available, team leader PAULINE ARMSTRONG, a consultant at the University of Nottingham will carry out an archaeological evaluation of the site. Her primary goal is to recover physical artifacts of the 508th camp. Included in that quest are items that are literally “time capsules”, personal belongings that many 508ers buried for safekeeping when they left for Normandy, some of which may have never been retrieved.
An extra benefit will include the filming of a documentary on the project. The Discovery Channel is expected to roll film by the end of May.
But the project is much bigger than that. An exhibition at Wollaton Hall will be created including educational resource packs for use in Nottingham schools. Archaeologist and television personality JULIAN RICHARDS will be going into schools to talk about the story of the 508 at Wollaton as part of the children’s studies on WW2.
It is hoped that residents of Nottingham with memories of the 508 camp will contribute to this activity in schools.
     More importantly, 508th veterans are asked to help so that the children have a personal connection.
Any veterans interested in sharing personal tales of their stay in Nottingham can e-mail her at Pauline.Armstrong@nottingham.ac.uk or write to her at the University of Nottingham, Lenton Fields, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, England.
SEARCHING – ROBERT MARTIN YOUNG Jr. of Brighton TN, recently wrote that his father was a medic, ambulance-driver, paratrooper in the 508th who jumped in Normandy, etc. He says, “I am very proud of his service to our country and would like to learn more!!!!” ROBERT can be contacted at Deer9837@aol.com.


Dick O’Donnell
760 Conestee Drive

Melbourne, FL 32904
PH: (321) 759-6174
e-mail: Jumpmaster@508PIR.org

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