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 November 1942 Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Units: H Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Qualifications: Parachute Wings
Decorations: Bronze Star, EAME Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead and two Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
Discharge Date: August 1945
Other Information: Don Jakeway enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18 in October 1942, the same year that he graduated from high school. Don volunteered for the paratroopers and after initial training at Camp Toccoa, he was sent to Camp Blanding where the 508th had been activated. After jump training at Ft. Benning, he and the rest of the 508th were sent to Europe where they jumped into history. Don jumped with the 508th into Normandy and again in The Netherlands where he was wounded. He was back with his unit for the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded once again.