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I want to thank Doug McCabe, Curator of Manuscripts, Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, the Alden Library, Ohio University, for providing the large volume of materials referenced in this book. I want to recognize and thank Martin K. A. Morgan, noted author, historian, and curator at the Eisenhower Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, who provided copies of oral history transcripts and written accounts from the center’s archives. I want to extend my gratitude to Dr.
I did as he asked, with the weight of my body on my left foot; I did fool the medic, but not myself. I marched to the sheds that evening in great pain and packed my chute, but the next morning, the injured foot would not bear my weight. ’ There was no way of kidding myself; I was hurting. I limped to the infirmary, where I soaked the foot in a whirlpool of hot water. Several times that day I repeated the treatment, praying to God it would be all right tomorrow. “The next day, I was at the packing sheds drawing my chute to make my fourth jump.
It did not. Aside from the impact of this type of training on the airborne formations themselves, it had tremendous significance to the army as a whole. ”11 In December 1941, Gavin was promoted to the rank of major. “In the spring of 1942 Brigadier General William Lee and I, as his Plans and Training Officer, went to Washington to discuss the creation of our first airborne division. The Washington staff seemed rather skeptical about the whole idea. However, after some discussion it was agreed that we could start the organization of an airborne division provided certain stipulations were met.