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


                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Donald B Straith

 Born:                             16 February 1926                   

Enlistment date:            24 February 1945

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             A Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

Rank:                            Private First Class

Specialisations:             Demolitions, Parachutist

Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge. Parachute Wings, Expert Rifle.

Decorations:                  Bronze Star, Army Good Conduct Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation

Discharge Date:            23 March 1946

 Other Information:       

February 1944-June 1944 - Infantry basic and 105mm infantry howitzer training, Fort McClellan, Alabama.

June 1944-August 1944 - Training at Parachute School, Fort Benning, Georgia.

August 1944-October 1944 - Advanced parachute and demolition training, Parachute School, Fort Benning, Georgia.

October 1944-November 1944- Shipped overseas via Fort Meade, Maryland, and Camp Shanks, New York. Sailed 3 Nov. on HMS Queen Mary; arrived Gourock, Scotland, 10 Nov.
Proceeded by rail to join rear echelon of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, at Denford Park, Hungerford, England. Flew to Camp Mourmelon, Mourmelon-la-Grand, France, and assigned to Company A, 506th P.I.R. on 28 Nov.

December 1944-March 1945 - Left with division for Belgium 18 Dec., wounded at Noville, Belgium, two days later, and evacuated form Bastogne 21 Dec. Passed through 130th Station Hospital, Cinay, Belgium; 62nd General Hospital, Eaubonne, France; 188th General Hospital, Cirencester, England; 317th Station Hospital, Finstock, England; 10th Replacement Depot, Lichfield, England; and 11th Replacement Depot, Givet, France.

March 1945-May 1945 - Returned to Co A, 506th P.I.R., at Camp Mourmelon. On 1 April the division moved to the U.S. 15th Army along west side of Rhine, where squad lost four men on night raid across the river. Co A occupied first Nievenheim, then Norf, and then Weckhoven until moving by train late in the month to Ludwigshafen. After reloading into trucks and DUKWs, the division moved east in pursuit of the German army. Co. A's battalion stayed four days in Oberkessach before continuing the chase through Ulm, Landsberg, Starnberg, and Miesbach. On the evening of 5 May, the 506th entered Berchtesgaden. The next day it moved to Bad Reichenhall, where it was on V-E Day.

May 1945-August 1945 - Division joined the Army of Occupation, with Co. A, 506th P.I.R., occupying at various times Bad Gastein, Taxenbach, and Bruck, Austria.

August 1945-November 1945 - 101st left Austria by train on 1 Aug. 506th P.I.R. arrived Joigny, France, for garrison duty two days later.

November 1945-January 1946 - Attended surveying course at Warton-American Technical School, Lytham, England.

January 1946-February 1946 - 294th Military Police Co, Neuilly, France, guarding the American ambassador during the day and his home at night.

February 1946-March 1946 - Shipped home via Camp Pall Mall, Etretat, France, on SS Tusculum Victory. Discharged at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, 23 March 1946.

BACK ROW... PFC C.E. BLANKENSHIP, PFC N.F. ALEXANDER, SGT R.R. BRUNI, S/SGT V.P. PASCIARELLI, PVT R.V. RUNYAN.

KNEELING... PFC D.B. STRAITH, CPL C.H. SHOEMAKER, S/SGT G.G. JANES, PFC D.L. COFONE, CPL A. CLAEYS.