|101st Airborne letter|
|Location||Fort Campbell, Kentucky|
Page I. PVT.James Hendrix RR19693632 HQ#260. BO11JMNT.BV 101# AIRBORNE DIV. Fort Campbell Ky. Dear Dad.___ Well, here I am- Excatly where I wanted to go- In the 101ST AIRBORNE-- How are you and Leon, and every body? Fine,I really hope- Well, It is pretty rough , but I can't complain and I don't regret it....so far- We jumped out of the 34ft. tower on the 3rd day we were here - It was almost fun-- we were the first 9 out of about 150 in our group - When I was walking up the stairs to the top of the tower ,I was walking nice and slow , just taking it easy -- there were 3 guys that quit when they got to the top of the tower -you can quit anytime. And they took one look outside and just quit.
Page II. And that got me to thinking when I was walking up those steps - But I have it made in my mind that what- ever happens ,I'm not quitting on my own- Anyway, When I got to the top,this jump master snapped these two straps onto my harness and stapped me on the butt and said,right in my ear, "Go, Go, GO! I hesitated for a split-second and the next thing I knew,I was falling ___ All of a sudden ,when all the slack was taken up on the line,I was snapped like a bull-whip and started bouncing down the cable like this_ While I was slidding down, I had my leg's togather,hands on the "reserve", and chin tucked "into" my chest ___ NOT LIKE IN CRAZY PITURE
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