By Phil Nordyke
On Sunday, September 17, 1944, the 82nd Airborne department jumped into background with the 1st Allied Airborne military in a bold sunlight parachute and glider-borne attack to trap key bridges in the beginning of Operation marketplace backyard. Following weeks of heavy strive against in Holland, the All americans (the identify of the department in international struggle I while Sgt. Alvin York was once considered one of its squaddies) have been withdrawn from the frontlines for a hard-earned leisure, which used to be presently interrupted by means of the conflict of the Bulge, the place they once more came across themselves within the thick of the motion, a place that remained common to them for the remainder of the conflict. Following VE Day, the 82nd grew to become a part of the Allied forces occupying Berlin.
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But Ozzie knew the exact location of the patrols and the direction of their movement. He let me in on the tricks of the trade. As a patrol moved along a hedgerow, nesting birds took flight. Although I was familiar with livestock, I had not noted, or taken advantage of the curiosity of cows and horses. They almost always turn and stare at nearby humans. In combat this type of information is life insurance. “We continued our training that included a scheduled night drop and assembly exercise. Weapons and simulated supplies were rolled into A-5 equipment containers, a canvas bundle with a felt pad lining.
31 That day, Clifford W. Schrader, Company A, 505th’s first sergeant, showed up at the airfield, surprising everyone in his company. Somehow, he had received word despite the tight security, about the operation. “I broke my leg in the Normandy jump and was in the hospital on September 15th. ”32 Briefings were held for officers, men, and aircrews taking part in the operation. Major James L. Kaiser, the new CO of the veteran 3rd Battalion 505th, had taken command of the battalion after returning from Normandy, upon the promotion of Lieutenant Colonel Edward Krause to regimental executive officer.
I headed for the dispensary and my first meeting with ‘Doc’ Putnam, our friendly battalion surgeon. Doc was a partially bald, red headed, crusty character, who was long on talent and short on sympathy. I fully expected to be on quarters for a day or two and to receive medicine for treatment of my condition. Doc looked at my chest and back and informed me I had shingles, probably brought on by the radical change in my diet. That was it. He turned and headed for the next patient. I said something about the night jump.