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Commemorative Speech: Us Airborne

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“I jump by parachute from any plane in flight. I volunteered to do it, knowing well the hazards of my choice. I serve in a mighty Airborne Force-famed for deeds in war-renowned for readiness in peace. It is my pledge to uphold its honor and prestige in all I am-in all I do.”

These are some of the words of the U.S. Airborne Creed. The U.S. Airborne is made up of soldiers who have accepted the challenge to protect and defend by being dropped into battle to secure territory. Their actions must be swift and precise. They are sometimes described as “adrenalin junkies,” but their bravery and nerve goes far in protecting this nation and its citizens. Although the first mention of airborne troops is said to have been proposed by General Billy Mitchell shortly after World War I, as incredible as it may seem, Benjamin Franklin is actually believed to have come up with the concept of “sky soldiers.” In 1784, Franklin said, “Where is the prince who can afford so to cover his country with troops for its defense, so that ten thousand men descending from the clouds do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them?”

For almost one hundred years, our country has had the benefit of protection by the U.S. Airborne and the strategic deployment of airborne troops was critical to the triumph experienced by our country during World War II. The U.S. Airborne played a critical role in operations carried out on that fateful day, June 6, 1944. At 8.30 pm on June 5th, 20 C-47 aircraft carried troops to the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy. These men formed the vanguard of the invasion that preceded the 13,000 troops that would tackle the ground fighting. Little did they know they would be met with German anti-aircraft fire, and that between adverse weather conditions and German Flak attack, the formations became disorganized and the paratroops missed their designated drop zones. Still they persisted and in the end, the disoriented...

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