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.
meantime, buy the Map!
This Calendar logo can navigate you to a
specific date, or time period.