David A. Crance of
Falls Church, VA and veteran of B Co. 1-508 1988-1990 at Fort Kobbe,
Panama CZ had the pleasure of meeting Evan Confrey (Co G, WWII)
years ago when Evan stayed at a hotel David manages. Being
fellow 508ers they became fast friends and that stay became an
annual event as Evan "snowbirded" from Hartford CT to warmer
southern climes. During those visits Evan told David many tales.
This is one of them:
David says, "If you knew him then certainly you heard the story from when he did his reenactment jump "Erwin slip right!" I still tell this one most often.
As he told it to me ...
"After surviving all that
[WWII] I swore I'd never jump again but the boys called my wife for this anniversary reenactment thing and everyone else was in, so I couldn't
be the odd man out and say no despite knowing yet again they were
being a bit foolish.
They gave us fancy suits and nice helmets with radios and gadgets, and such fancy chutes..........but by the time we exit - well, me, I'm in the zone again. I go out
the door and when she pops I'm just happy it opened and my old shoulders didn't snap."
Then I hear "Erwin, slip right........."
and again "Erwin. Slip Right!" ]
And suddenly I'm like "God it's me EVAN!!!!!!!! EVAN!!!!!!!! You know the guy you saved all those jumps before! You forgot my name!?????
Then I heard back...........
"Ok Evan - its not God, just me. the guy on your radio, please slip right ASAP!"
This reenactment jump probably took place at Fort Bragg during the
1982 Reunion which celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the regiment's