Guys and Gals, my Dad was with the 101st and he talked about it very little. His service record was destroyed in the 1973 St. Louis Federal Building file and since he passed in 1984, not a lot of information was retained. Attached are a couple of photos from his album.
The one of him standing in front of a tent was back captioned as "Taken while camped at Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1941."
The one with the three of them, Dad is on the right with the fore & aft cap (I am a Navy guy), has no caption and was filed as Alaska but I think this was while in the 101st. Dad served in the Aleutians and Alaska and was supposedly there during the Battle of Midway. Which generates some question about Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1941. He does have a Pacific Theater Service Ribbon and well as European/Africa/Med Theater Service Ribbon.
The photo of three on the street, Dad is in the middle. It is back captioned "Taken on the main street of Charlotte, N.C. Muirs(?), Schildhouse, Nelson." It looks like Dad has jump wings over his left pocket.
We know that he was admitted to an Army Hospital in the Alsace, France area and he has at least one Purple Heart.
Any info would be appreciated.
Of interest, Dad spoke of numerous combat jumps. I took him up as my first passenger shortly after getting my pilot's certificate in high school - 1969. As we approached Chicago Midway to end the flight he got super nervous. 17-year old pilot sly checked EVERYTHING in the basic Piper Cherokee. Nothing was wrong. Dad finally settled back and we landed. On the way home I could not help it and finally asked what I missed as we approached to land. "Nothing. Never landed in an airplane before." We both laughed for about five miles.
LCDR, U.S. Navy, retired and tired.
I'm not an expert in uniforms, but I don't believe any of these three pictures are showing men in WWII paratroopers uniforms.
I actually don't think this is a jump wing on picture #2, and for sure the cap isn't paratroopers related.
If you give me the name of your father's (you can do it in private if you feel safer this way), I can check if I can find him with the 101st Airborne.
Regards from France,