Hermes' Wings

History, Writing and Personal Musings

normandy – ike and paratroopers

General Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks to a group of American paratroopers from Easy Company, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, at the 101st Airborne Division’s camp in Greenham Common, England, on the evening of June 5, 1944, moments before the men boarded aircraft to participate in the airborne assault of the continent. Eisenhower’s message was to the point: “Full victory — nothing else.” Among the men in the image are Sgt. Fred Lindsey (holding a sketchbook, behind and to the left of Eisenhower’s back), Sgt. Russell Wilmarth (behind Eisenhower’s chin), Lt. Wallace C. Strobel (wearing a “23” tag). Ralph “Bud” Thomas (on Strobel’s left), Corporal Donald Kruger (wearing musette bag, in front row, far right). (Library of Congress; US Army photograph SC 194399)

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