Thanks to Bob Marshall , who served with the 101st Airborne
502nd Mortar Battery From 1962 to 1964,
We are able to see some fantastic "COLLECTOR's  Items :
 old Recruiting Brochure and Cartoons from the 50's - 60's ERA

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A Brochure that told you how it was ; well maybe not everything.

The key words "FOR MEN ONLY"
boy have times changed !

The Airborne is for men only! 
If you don't glory in hard, physical action and thrill to the exciting adventure to be found only in the skies, then the Airborne is definitely not for you. But if you want to be part of the Air Age, then a place in the ramrod - straight ranks of the Airborne is just the right deal for you!
When you've earned the right to wear the prized wings of the paratrooper, you'll feel the warmth of a bond of brotherhood that you never dreamed could exist. For there are few things in life that can compare to the matchless tingling thrill you'll get out of being part of one of the most select groups of fighting men on earth!


Right from the start, you'll feel the excitement of the Airborne School, located at the famous Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Ga. It's the kind of high excitement that's always present when men are engaged in daring activities. Everything possible will be done to make you feel at home. You'll find to your happy surprise that in the Airborne, "It's all for one, and one for all!" You'll meet fellows from all sections of the country and from all walks of life. They're all drawn together down at Benning by their common love of adventure. You'll make friendships that will long endure - friendships that will enrich your life. In the company of these proud young men, you'll find yourself progressing at a surprising rate.
THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION, known as the "Screaming Eagles," fought in Europe in World War II. The Division's finest hour was at Bastogne where, surrounded by a huge enemy force, it refused to surrender and did much to smash the German winter offensive.

You must be in good shape or you will not be accepted for the Airborne in the first place. You harden up plenty during basic training, but at jump school you'll find an even stronger emphasis on tough physical conditioning. You'll double time to and from classes and you'll get the kind of exercises that will put you in top condition. In a short while, you're liable to think you'd have a royal chance against a boxing champ!
All this stress on rugged life has but one aim: to make sure you'll be able to take care of yourself when you actually start jumping. The better you are conditioned, the less chance there will be of accidents. That's why hard physical fitness is the hallmark of the paratrooper.

Your parachute is the first thing you'll be introduced to in jump school. You're going to get along with this piece of equipment like ham does with eggs! It will be the most important thing in your life so long as you're in the Airborne. How to wear it properly, how to take care of it, adjust and use it are matters of the utmost concern. You'll find that in a short while these things will come almost as naturally as breathing. Your next step will be working out of a mockup of the type plane most frequently used by the Airborne. The floor of the mockup is only 3 feet above the ground. It's just right for learning the proper way to jump from the plane and land on the ground. 


Then you'll move on to the 34-foot training tower. From this tower you'll get the feel of actual air jumps. Your harness is attached to a guide wire, and you slide on down into a sawdust pit. This phase is the key spot in your jump training. On this tower you'll learn how to leave the plane properly, and how to use the cords that control your chute correctly. Qualified instructors will watch your every move on this tower so that any mistakes can be corrected immediately. The School wants to be sure that when you finish this part of your training you'll know how to jump safely and land surely.

After you get in the jumping groove from the small tower, you'll move on to sterner stuff - the 250-foot tower. You may have seen one of these big towers in an amusement park. But at the School the tower is not for fun. Its purpose is to teach you how to guide your fall by working the risers on your 'chute. Jumps from this tower also give you a chance to prove how much you've learned about the vital subject of landing properly. Here again your instructors will watch you like hawks and quickly correct any mistakes. At the end of this training phase you'll really be cooking with gas, and you'll be absolutely confident that you've got what it takes to jump from any height.


THE 82D AIRBORNE DIVISION, called the "All-American Division." The gallantry and heroism that the Division displayed in its bitter European campaigns made it one of the best known American divisions to fight in WWII.

Your training is climaxed in the third and final week by actual jumps from an airplane. You'll make five in all. Safety precautions are the keynotes of these jumps. It's a case of check and doublecheck all the way. You'll be checked and graded on the way you handle yourself - both in the plane and on the way down. During the jumps you'll hear the confident voice of an instructor talking to you over a loudspeaker from the ground. You won't worry about a thing, you'll be too busy! On your last jump you'll carry your rifle, or some other weapon, and you'll immediately join the other men of your squad after you've landed. That's how paratroopers learn that teamwork pays off when the chips are down! 


Spiritual guidance is important to every Airborne trainee, and the Army sees that he gets it. Chaplains of all faiths are always on hand at Fort Benning to give friendly advice and spiritual comfort. Though paratroopers pride themselves on their physical toughness they are no different from any other young American in their desire for spiritual uplift. At Benning trainees have the opportunity to attend services on Sundays and on other days marked for worship by the various faiths. Like most others, paratroopers have their share of personal problems - problems that often don't come within military jurisdiction. In such cases the chaplain as well as the soldier's company commander, is always there to lend every possible assistance. 

Airborne training is tough. Make no mistake about that. But it's definitely not an "all-work-and-no-play" proposition. There's plenty of off-duty time for a trainee to enjoy Benning's varied sports programs; time for him to relax and do the things he enjoys. The rugged youngsters of the Airborne find that the baseball diamond, the football field, and the golf course give them just such opportunities. In addition, there are swimming, boating, and fishing - with all the needed equipment available to the soldier without cost... These are but a few of the sports a soldier can enjoy at Benning - there are many more. If a trainee just wants to "play it cool" around the company area, he can develop his billiards or table tennis skill in his well-equipped dayroom. In training or during off-duty time, there's never a dull moment for the men of the Airborne! 


More collectible delights from the vault of: "Airborne Bob Marshall".
An LP vinyl on the Airborne School at Ft. Benning !!



The RECORD REVIEW says the following: This record is a tribute to the United States Airborne soldier and the proud MEN who wear the Airborne wings. The tradition of Airborne Soldiers was born at Ft. Benning where this record was made, and gained maturity at Corregidor, Normandy, and perhaps most notably Holland. The MEN you will hear on this record are training to meet the high standards of the Airborne Soldier and to maintain this proud tradition. There is no more dedicated group of MEN in uniform today. This is how a "TROOPER" is made. One cannot help but wonder what makes a man want to jump out of an airplane and glide to earth suspended only by a patch of silk. With this record you will gain an insight into the mystery of Airborne.


A Young Bob Marshall rappelling wall :
Bob is still looking for a picture of this wall in his Brochure and on his LP vinyl !!
To find out more about Bob and view his web site, click here.
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Airborne Cartoons from the 50's - 60's Era
They Say "You can tell a lot about a Society or Era from their CARTOONS "
WELL ????
If that doesn't say "Airborne all the way", Nothing does!
How that's what I call a set of wings!

Do you think The Old Jumpmaster will spit
that cigar out and check the "CANOPY"
cartoon I think the Old Jumpmaster is trying to recruit this sweet young thing But she ain't sure he can even hit the floor much less do a "Left side, Right side, Front  Parachute Landing Fall. cartoon

YES SIR , We have Fast Riggers , SIR But Safety Comes First , SIR.
                          Yes Sir, Fast Riggers we've got!!       Better tie your shoe string might cause an accident
                                           "OOPS"                                             You think he's HURT?                                    

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