Posted on May 31, 2014
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Have you ever seen anyone wearing a Glider badge? How many Soldiers could you ask before receiving the correct answer without the help of a search engine?
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COL Ed Gibson
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I am a WW11 VETERAN who was commissioned in 1949 and assigned to the 82d Airborne Division Engineer Battalion that required Airborne training which at that time included Glider training . I am proud and grateful for having had the opportunity to serve our Country for29 years'. I am 91 years old.
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SPC Margaret Higgins
SPC Margaret Higgins
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COL Ed Gibson - Have a nice and a peaceful and a lovely day, Colonel.
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CPT Larry Hudson
CPT Larry Hudson
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Salute to an American hero.
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COL Ed Gibson
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CPL Mark Greiser
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1LT Asset Protection Manager
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If they're wearing a Glider badge, they're a faker, or they'd better be very, very elderly!
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SSG Jc jr Smith
SSG Jc jr Smith
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Saw it in'60 Ft. Lewis Wa. Cpl Wolfe, wore back brace, bad landing retied'61
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SN Jay Perry
SN Jay Perry
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I would bet that to find anyone (active) who could still wear one is probably impossible.
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SGT Raymond Holt
SGT Raymond Holt
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Yep I was in 1949 Fort Benning Georgia. Had to ride the glider and that qualified you at Lawson Field. After we came down in the glider the same glider went up agian took another 16 or so trainees up and when they cut it loose it dove straight in the ground and killed about 16 out of 17 men. Needless to say a lot of the guy quiet airborne training. I was 19 and kept going.
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COL Ed Gibson
COL Ed Gibson
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LT very, very elderly is a term I am not familiar with as a senior parachutist and glider rider. I walk a mile each morning then do 20 Airborne push ups and only work 45 to 50 hours a week assisting Military Engineers in transition. At age 92 giving back for all the help I received during two successful careers ( E-1 to 06 and GM 11 to GM 15) is a blessing.
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LTC Stephen C.
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SGT (Join to see), 1LT (Join to see), 1LT (Join to see), CPT (Join to see), SGT Ben Keen, MSG Martin C. , SFC (Join to see), SPC Michael Griggs, SFC (Join to see), SGT Richard H.: This is a Glider badge from World War II, although the U.S. Army did "use glider-borne troops in military exercises as late as 1949" (Wikipedia article). The only man I ever met (c. 1973) that was awarded the Glider badge was LTC Billy R. Eidson (now deceased). LTC Eidson was the original commander of the 4th SF Support Battalion, 20th SFG(A) when it was organized, effective OCT72 and served in that capacity until sometime in 1974. Former enlisted, he was a big, daunting and scary man!
SGT Eric Knutson, this is the only soldier I ever met that had been awarded a glider badge.
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LTC Stephen C.
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And you're correct, SGT (Join to see), here are the glider wings with the "G"! Sgt Thomas Proctor CW5 Jack Cardwell
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SN Kristi Kalis
SN Kristi Kalis
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Why does this badge look so different than the one posted above?
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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SN Kristi Kalis, the outstretched wings with a "G" centered were for GLIDER PILOTS. They were flight officers and their grade equivalency was that of a WO1. The wings shown at the beginning of my comment (glider in the middle of wings curving upward and inward) were for GLIDER QUALIFIED TROOPS, that were merely along for the ride.
However, it was an incredibly dangerous job for ANYONE in the glider. The gliders were made of plywood, were oftentimes overloaded, and were inserted at night behind enemy lines into fields that were filled with obstacles or had enemy troops awaiting to ambush. The landings were almost always a controlled (or uncontrolled) crash and the casualty and mortality rates were high among glider borne troops. CW5 Jack Cardwell
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Sgt Thomas Proctor
Sgt Thomas Proctor
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LTC Stephen C. - Yep, those are just like the ones the Capt. wore.
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