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
Enlistment date: 30 April 1943 Houston Texas
Units: E Company, 460th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team 17th Airborne Division and 13th Airborne Division.
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Qualifications: Parachutist Wings
Decorations: Bronze Star, Air medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars and 1 Bronze Arrowhead, WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal, French Croix de Guerre with star, Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm.
18 Oct 1945
Fred volunteered for parachute duty while at Fort Sam Huston,
Texas in March 1943 and was subsequently sent to Toccoa and Camp Mackall
where the 17th Airborne Division was being formed. After jump
school and while on the Tennessee Manoeuvres he was transferred from the
17th Airborne Division to the 517th Regimental
Combat Team prior to their overseas move to Europe.
Fred served with the 517th
RCT attached to the 36th Infantry Division in Italy and
spearheaded the airborne assault of southern France in Operation
Dragoon. The 517th spent 90 days in the Maritime Alps keeping
the German Army away from the flank of the army advancing on the Rhone
River Valley, before being moved into the Battle of the Bulge to help
hold up the advancing German forces desperate to reach Antwerp. The 517th
fought with so many different units they became labelled the “Fire
Brigade of Europe”.
In August 1945 Fred found himself on a troop ship headed for Japan but by the grace of God and the deployment of the Atom Bomb the war came to an end before he arrived.