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
Ralph K. Manley
15 Oct 1923
Enlistment date: 26 Jan 1943
Units: 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Rank: TEC 5
Specialisations: Demolition Specialist, Marksman M1 Rifle, Carbine and Grenade.
Qualifications: Combat Infantryman Badge
Decorations: World War II Victory Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars and 2 Bronze Arrowheads, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Unit Badge, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Valor, 5 Purple Hearts, French Croix de Guerre, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard.
Discharge Date: 14 Nov 1945
Ralph has been a great supporter of
the team for many years and is now a Board member of the World War II
Airborne Demonstration Team.
He is also the Mayor Pro Tem of
One of a pair of twins, both
Ralph and his twin brother Roland enlisted into the Airborne with Roland
eventually joining the 82nd Airborne Division within the 504th
PIR. Roland was killed on 13 July 1943 during the 504th
During his time within the 101st
Division, Ralph saw action in
On returning to civilian life,
Ralph has become a prominent businessman as well as a leading figure in
the community of
In early 2006 Ralph completed a personal record of his memoirs in his book “The Sky is the Limit” recording his war time experiences as well as his positive outlook on life after World War II.