BLESS 'EM ALL
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William T. Calhoun
Paul F. Whitman 

 

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Physical discomforts are superficial, and can be laughed at... later. It is the mental trials that were seared in Bill Calhoun's soul.

The memory of those young men with whom he served  ended for  Bill Calhoun with his death in 2014. The obsession he lived with compelled him to remind us of the brave young men who gave their lives to the defeat of Imperial Japan. 

 

If Bill and I had any difference of opinion on whether history was written to honor the dead or to educate the living, it was always amiable. But he lost his youth and friends to war, and I have not.

Bless 'Em All traces the 503d through its inception, its time in Australia, and through all its missions. It also shows how the 503d went, within a few months, from accomplishing the most successful parachute assault of the war to exemplifying the most stupid use of elite paratroopers during WWII. 

Bless 'Em All is the result of Bill's war experience in the 2nd Bn. of the 503d.  It is based upon a wealth of materials -  including official papers, daily reports and journals. Through painstaking research these are supplemented with years of correspondence with the men intimately concerned with the events concerned. In so doing, we eclipse the official histories, and show that they were not always as accurate as good history should require. 

Particular research credit goes to John Lindgren and Don Abbott.

Bless 'Em All  is now available as a four volume publication via PX Publications.

The free-to-air website remains here, accessable via the Index and the Calendar Logo on this page.

 A pictorial companion book to the free-to-air website, featuring Bill Calhoun's private photographic collection and personal recollections, is also available in book form via PX Publications.

In the meantime, buy the Map!

  Paul Whitman

 

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           Bill Calhoun joined the 36th Div.,  Texas National Guard whilst in high school, and enlisted in the Reserve Army Air Corps on 4 Jan 1941. To escape a permanent stateside posting he volunteered for parachute training, and graduated 19 June 1942, being assigned to the 502d PIR. He attended OCS and was posted to Brisbane Australia, arriving January 1944.  He had been a platoon leader 11 months when he jumped on Corregidor . Thereafter he became "F" Company Commander in Negros. He separated from the Army in March 1946, but stayed a career reservist, retiring as a Colonel.  He practiced as a dentist (one flaw in an otherwise creditable personality) in Comanche Texas for 42 years. He died in 2014.

Paul Whitman is a privately retained corporate lawyer.