C-47 "Ride-Along"

WWIIADT

"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


                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Robert W Speers

 Born:                             19 May 1923 

Enlistment date:            20 October 1942     Fort Custer, Michigan

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             HQ/2 Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; 7th Infantry, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment  

Rank:                            Captain

Specialisations:             Parachutist, 81mm Mortar

Qualifications:              Combat Medic Badge, Parachute Wings

Decorations:                  Bronze Star, American Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with Arrowhead and 4 Stars , WWII Victory Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Commendation Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, French Croix de Guerre, French Fourragere, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard. 

Discharge Date:            11 January 1946

 Other Information:        Robert W. Speers entered military service at Fort Custer,

Michigan volunteering for duty as a parachutist in October 1942. He joined the newly activated 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment 2nd November 1942 at Camp Blanding, FL and was assigned to the Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 81mm Mortar Platoon, the platoon in which he remained until deactivation of the 508th PIR in 1946. After completion of basic training at Camp Blanding, the Regiment was transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia for jump school training. Upon completing the required five jumps and receipt of the coveted parachute wings, the Regiment was transferred to Camp Mackall, where Bob was promoted to Corporal as a squad lead of the 81mm Mortar Platoon. Here the Regiment underwent nine months of intensive unit tactical training culminating in maneuvers in Tennessee in preparation for combat duty. Bob served as Squad Leader and Section Sergeant during combat in Normandy, Holland, Ardennes and Central Europe and made combat parachute jumps into both Normandy and Holland. He was promoted to Technical Sergeant (later designated Sergeant First Class) and served as 81mm Mortar Platoon Sergeant in Frankfort, Germany where the Regiment served as Eisenhower's Honor Guard in the Army of Occupation during the latter part of 1945 and 1946. Upon the return of the Regiment to CONUS1 in 1946, he remained in Germany serving as the Personnel Sergeant of the Military Intelligence Center (changed to European Command Intelligence Center) until his return to CONUS in 1948. Served as a training sergeant in the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Dix until his transfer to the 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment in Kentucky in 1948 as the Regimental Personnel Sergeant until deactivation of that unit at which time he was transferred to the 2nd Infantry Division at Ft Lewis, Washington where he played football under coach Lt. Tom Lombardo (the former West Point quarterback) until entering OCS in April 1950. Bob was commissioned in Artillery in 1950 after attending the Army General School Officer Candidate Class #25 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Immediately upon graduating he attended Basic Field Artillery Officer Course. In 1958 he attended the Associate Advanced Field Artillery Course -- both classes at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served in various artillery units in the 2nd Armored

Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 7th Infantry Division and the 1st Infantry Division as Forward Observer, Battery Executive, Battery Commander, Battalion S-4, Assistant Division Artillery S-3 and Battalion S-3. He was promoted to Captain in 1955 and retired at Fort Riley, Kansas November 1, 1962 while serving as S-3, 5th Battalion, 6th Artillery.