As a regular part of each monthly meeting, we are having a lesson from Airborne history being presented and a member of the chapter will share 10 or 15 minutes about an experience from their Airborne past.
Last evening our chapter Historian, John Woodham, provided us a lesson even without being present. His Central HS JROTC was participating in an offical open house and John could not attend our meeting. John provided us a history from Airborne lore about how the 11th Airborne beat the 1st CAV into Tokoyo, Japan. I will post it at a later time.
Paul Harwart shared from his Ranger past about a jump his Ranger Battalion from Fort Lewis, WA, made into Germany. During the flight to Bad Tolz, Germany, he said someone made the decision to use an alternate Drop Zone. Paul said that it was a most challenging jump into an unknown area and it rained for three days and everyone was miserable. He said it took him over an hour and a half to make the turn in point and there was no one there. He thought that he had been left behind. But as it turned out, he was one of the first ones to get to the rally point. He said as a chaplain it helped him to build rapport with the soldiers and the experience was memorable for several reasons.
Please place the following dates on your Airborne Calendar. April 5th and April 9th. April 5th is a field trip to Fort Benning, GA and April 9th is our next Chapter Dinner with Spouses.
Andy Forrester, our chapter secretary, is working up an agenda complete with travel arrangements and prices for overnight lodging. He will present it at next month's meeting. Quickly, this trip will feature and Airborne 5000 Demonstration followed by a dinner in the mess hall. And an afternoon or next day visit to the Infantry Museum.
Tuesday evening, April 9th is our next Chapter Dinner with Spouses. We originally planned to go to the Country Place on Shallowford, but as of 1st January Country Place is no longer serving the evening meal. We decided last night that we will go to the Mount Vernon Restaurant in St. Elmo's. They have a back room which will accommodate us nicely. The prices are not cheap, but the food quality is fantastic. We will begin to gather around 6:45 PM and will finish by 8:30 PM. Hopefully, we can get a real living legend who was a former Merrill's Marauder who is in his nineties and still driving.