C-47 "Ride-Along"


"Airborne Experience"

We are now able to offer a new "ride-along" Airborne experience. Individuals will be allowed to go "Airborne" along with jump team members on a C47 flight.  Hear and feel what it's like to ride in a WWII vintage aircraft and watch the troops dressed in WWII uniforms and equipment "Stand Up & hook Up".

To learn more about this opportunity contact us at: operations_@_wwiiadt.org










Charles “Chuck” L Ballard

 Born:                              03 August 1926                     

Enlistment date:            1943

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             A Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division

Rank:                            Sergeant First Class

Specialisations:             Parachutist

Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Wings

Decorations:                  Silver Star, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, EAME Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead and two Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, French Forragere

Discharge Date:            1956

Other Information:      Charles was born in Deval, Oklahoma in 1926 and his family moved to Texas in 1927. After enlisting in the army, he volunteered for parachute duty and began his career with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Chuck jumped with the 505th near Ste Mere Elise on June 6th 1944. He also jumped with the 17th Airborne near Wesel in March 1945. After WWII, Chuck remained in the army and then served in Korea as a combat infantryman, where he was wounded twice. After recovering from his wounds he was assigned to Engineer School at Fort Belvior, Virginia. Because of his war wounds, Chuck was medically discharged from the army in 1956.