Re: 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion trooper info
Yep, John Devanie sent me a copy of Charlie's book.A very detailled account of every campaign that the 509th was in- just no mention of my uncle.However, every book I read on the 509th (even if it is just a couple chapters in a book)I learn more details that I can piece together to form an accurate picture of what my uncle did in the war.
You wouldn't know how to get in touch with Gen. Yarborough, would you?
Also, would you know of anyone who has Ed Raff's book "We Jumped To Fight?"I've looked everywhere for it, but no one seems to have a copy for sale.It's too bad- there are hundreds of books written about the 82d and the 101st (the "famous" divisions) but precious little about the smaller independant units like the 551st and the 509th.A true pioneer unit like the 509th should not be relegated to 2nd fiddle as far as the history books go.Had they not performed as well as they did under the extreme circumstances that they had to perform, the military's dedication to the airborne concept would've been drastically different.