I took part in the last jump the 508th made near
Frankfurt, Germany, 1946.
I jumped out of
the airplane and the first thing I remember is that I was flat on my
back in the middle of another parachute.
I Looked up top see no parachute above me.
I heard the guy below me, "You S.O.B., get off my chute!"
I got up to walk to the edge of the other person's
parachute, it wasn't easy walking as the chute went down on each
As I reached almost to the edge my feet went
through the cords of the other chute.
Boy, did I drop fast past the other guy! Then I
got pulled back up when my chute opened part way.
I had been too close to the ground for I heard
someone yell, "Hang on!" Then I head someone ask, 'Are you
hurt?" After that I don't remember too much.
I don't think the other guy was hurt or that he
picked up his chute since they were so tangled up together.
It is most likely that I can't find the other
paratrooper now, but I would like to.
I wonder if anyone ever wrote a book on these
things. I am sure that this would have happened to others and IO
hope they turned out as well as mine.
I would appreciate it very much if I heard from
you. I will give you my phone number [608-754-9105] but I
don't hear the best on the phone.
/s/ Harry Hauri
6306 W. Lowry Rd.
Janesville, WI 53548-9254
[Note: if you know of similar experiences,
or just want to get in touch with Harry, please do so. Writing
may be the better choice rather than using the telephone, however.]