The Keys to Area J……… An essay by William Marshall There are a few things that unites paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division in a common experience.
Parachute Shake Out………. An essay by William Marshall It’s a job done in pairs. Some of the parachutes had so many sticks in there, it looked like a toothpick factory. Some parachutes just went up and down with no issues, most of those hadn’t released a canopy release assembly when they hit the ground. IfContinue reading “Parachute Shake Out………. An essay by William Marshall”
Lost NVGs, ANCD in Mott Lake, Statues of Limitations……. An essay by William MarshallThere are so many things that wonder about. What was the real truth? We had a drowning, a suicide, lost equipment, found equipment in the weirdest of places. We had a Soldier stealing from the Supply Room. 1SG Hilton said his momContinue reading “Lost NVGs, ANCD in Mott Lake, “Statues” of Limitations……. An essay by William Marshall”
But Sarge’, I make good money off the Porno’s………. An essay by William MarshallI got the call shortly after midnight, Soldier in jail, in Raleigh. As of midnight, I was the new platoon Sergeant. The old Platoon Sergeant hadn’t left, he had just asked not to be the Platoon Sergeant anymore. He was the CommoContinue reading “But Sarge’, I make good money off the Porno’s………. An essay by William Marshall”
Division Review……… An essay by William MarshallPass in Review….. That is all you were waiting for. Even when you heard that, it wasn’t over, actually, that is when the “performance” began. Either way, Pass in Review is what we were all waiting for, begging for, crying for. We had done the same thing yesterday, twiceContinue reading “Division Review……… An essay by William Marshall”
Sicily, Normandy, Salerno, Holland……… An essay by William MarshallIf those names ring a bell, then you and me have spent time together, probably in the air in the middle of the night. Seems like 0200 time on target with a 20 minute block time over Sicily would be the most common although Holland seemed toContinue reading “Sicily, Normandy, Salerno, Holland……… An essay by William Marshall”
An Embarrassed American: A Veteran’s Perspective….. An essay by William Marshall I. Introduction Being able to express oneself freely is a fundamental right in many countries, and as an American, I exercise this right by sharing my thoughts and experiences. Recently, I felt compelled to write an essay discussing my embarrassment with certain aspects ofContinue reading “An Embarrassed American: A Veteran’s Perspective….. An essay by William Marshall”