By Stephen P. Pedone, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret. Late on the evening of 5 June, 1944, two brave young Americans among many were poised for the greatest challenge and risk of their lives. D-Day, “Operation Overlord”, had arrived in Europe, and Airborne Invasion forces would be the “point of the spear” to cross the English...
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By Jil Launay Gordon K. Smith was my father… Gordon K. Smith joined the United States Army in 1938. As a 2nd Lieutenant, he was sent to Fort Benning, GA and assigned to the 501st Parachute Battalion Company C on December 13,1940. His first jump was on January 17,1941. After tours in Alaska and Panama,...
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