Heroic Story / Parachute So
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Mon, 13 Jun 1994 09:07:53 -0800
Mail*Link(r) SMTP Heroic Story / Parachute Song
Interestingly, we should discuss the Parachute song after we've just
celebrated the 50th anniversary of D-Day.
Here in Oregon was an article on a local who participated in that invasion
who didn't make it!
This is a short synopsis of the story.
He was part of the pre-invasion bomber group and his plane took a number of
hits. After he lost his engines he gave the order to bail out. As he was
getting ready to leave he saw one of his airman holding his destroyed
parachute bag. Without a thought he put his own parachute bag on the young
airman and pushed him out the plane! Those that bailed out survived although
spent the remainder of the war as POW's. He went down with the plane, and
was listed as Killed in Action. It was not until after the war and these
POW's had been liberated did the truth become known and that young officer
was awarded the Congressional Merit of Honor!
In Scouting . . .
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City