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SEVIER PARATROOPER
 

 Pvt. Wester visited in Sevier County last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wester, Route 1, Horatio, and other friends, and told of the thriling experiences of the U. S. Army Parachute Troops. He is the forst Sevier to become a full-fledged paratrooper, and he posed for the above picture in his "jump suit,"

The parachute soldiers are volunteers, in the strictest sense, and they receive considerably more pay than regulars. The training is intense, and is carefully mapped to minimize danger of injury or death. The percentage of fatalities is as low as almost any occupation in which a man might engage, according to Army records. First aid men jump from planes right along with the troops to be of assistance to any who need them.

Wester, now 26 years old, is in one of the most exciting branches of the Armed Services, and he will have many experiences to relate when this war is over. (Photo by Kingham Studio).

 

Article in the "DeQueen Bee", DeQueen, Arkansas (1942)

 

2009 Doyle Wester & 503d PRCT Heritage Bn