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










 Frank F Rosado

 Born:                             25 February 1924

Enlistment date:            27 February 1943

Deployments:                Europe

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

Rank:                            Private First Class

Specialisations:             Parachutist

Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Parachute Wings.

Decorations:                  EAME Campaign Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation,  Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard.

Discharge Date:            November 1945

 Other Information:        Born in Ybor City, Rosado enlisted as an 18-year-old Jefferson High School student.  He served in the Army's Company D, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from March 6, 1943, to Nov. 19, 1945. He fought in France, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Austria.

Rosado said he was wounded three times and suffered frostbite on his feet. After being shot in Holland, he was told he could avoid combat.

"I asked to go back to my brothers," he said. "I said, 'I want to go back to my boys.'"

During the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, "we could see the tanks lined up against us, but we weren't going to give up," Rosado said.

He recalled the contrast of snow-covered pine trees and the bloody fighting fields. He watched friends die.

The soldiers wondered whether they would ever see reinforcements.

"Finally the skies cleared," Rosado said. "It looked like God said, 'You've had enough.'"

His voice cracked.

"I didn't do it myself, but I had a part of it," he said.

Rosado, who retired from the Tampa Fire Department and turns 84 next week, hasn't returned to Europe.

"I hear they treat you like you are a king," he said.