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"The descent came easily, in spite of the wind. Seeing that I was heading uncomfortably close to the battered concrete roof of a building, I collapsed one side of my chute violently and thus avoided too much drift. Just as the earth seemed about to hit me, I released my hold, and the chute again jerked open to its full diameter, thus easing the jolt of the fall. Once on the ground, the wind caught my chute so hard that I was dragged up a slope about ten feet; but, before I could manipulate my ropes to correct this, the chute caught against a high bush and gave me time to release the awkward snap-fasteners of my leg and chest straps. Others, who continued to drop all around me, were going through similar experiences. Owing to the skill and judgment of our jump-master, we had been lucky enough to escape all hazards, and to land unhurt on the parade ground itself . Now, there was work to be done! "

2010 William T. Calhoun & 503d PRCT Heritage Bn