Airborne and Ranger Community
No group of ex-serviceman are as tightly knit and organized as airborne and Ranger veterans. Nearly every airborne unit proudly maintains an association. Functioning more as extended families, airborne associations foster something known as "airborne and Ranger fellowship." This fellowship is a camaraderie among the men that is often forged in the heat of battle, resulting in lasting friendships that have endured for decades. Its all part of being "Airborne or a Ranger" and knowing that your part of an elite group that has prepared and trained harder than anyone. More then just a spirit, this fellowship is backed by a legacy of courage, trust and winning results. Its a spirit that pervades the reunions where the men retell old war stories and rekindle friendships. This fellowship also extends into the community. Airborne and Ranger veterans are responsible for countless acts of community service and volunteerism. Around the country, Airborne veterans are guest lecturers in scores of classrooms and the associations are responsible for providing scholarships to needy students.
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"e-histories" TM are created. Click the hypertext to read a few articles about
this volunteer effort in the:
The Chicago Tribune
The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post
517th Regimental Combat Team Website
Arguably, no one has done more to foster airborne fellowship than Don Lassen, a WWII veteran of the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment and Editor of the Static Line. Created over four decades ago, the Static Line is the newspaper and gathering place for the airborne community.
The Static Line
National D-Day Museum and Eisenhower Center
www.Paratrooper.net is also link worth visiting.
Tim Roop's Site dedicated to honoring the men who fought in Normandy:
A wonderful site honoring America's P.O.W.'s of WWII can be found:
Sites Dedicated to Preserving Historical Artifacts
http://ww.tankbooks.com A fine oral history from Aaron Elson.
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