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










 Carl D Beck

 Born:                            21 Nov 25                                           Avondale, MO           

Enlistment date:            Dec 1942

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             H Company, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

Rank:                            Master Sergeant


Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge, Paratroopers wings with 2 combat stars.

Decorations:                  World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars and 2 Bronze Arrowheads, Presidential Unit Citation with cluster, Distinguished Unit Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart,  French Legion of Honor, French Croix de Guerre, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard

 Discharge Date:            May 1945

 Other Information:      Completed Parachute school April 1943. Regiment posted to Camp Mackall, NC for advanced training. Carl parachuted into Normandy on morning of D-Day as well as into Holland September 1944. He was also deployed into Bastogne by truck December 1944. His final role was as part of the Army of Occupation duty in Austria followed by 501 PIR deactivation at Berchtesgarden May 1945. He re-enlisted in 1946 and served with 82nd Airborne Division and 508 Regimental Combat Team until injured on parachute jump in Texas April 1953. He continued on active duty, serving tours in Saudi Arabia and Iran and finally retired from active duty as MSGT Jul 1963 while on ROTC duty at Wofford College, Spartenburg, SC.