2 WWII letter lot, D-Day & S France C-47, 17th Airborne patch 517th "holocaust" Brz Star, Paratroopers friend holocaust related content

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Seller: floydfreedom51 (1,612) 100%, Location: Spokane, Washington, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 274020811650 Two WW2 letters, one from a paratrooper of the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne and another letter from a Pilot who droped paratroopers into Normandy and South France. These letters are the top of the heap as far as rarity of Army Airborne Troops. Included in the lot is an almost perfect WWII 17th Airborne patch. This pairing of two WWII original well documented letters and one envelope are written by two American Hero's, Paratrooper Pvt. Donald A. Paragon if the 517th Parachute Infantry (17th Air Airborne) and Lt. Robert M. Wilhelm of the 9th Troop Carrier Command who dropped paratrooper on D-Day, Normandy and D-Day South France. There is important WWII content in both of these letter. One letter is from of Paratrooper Pvt. Donald A. Paragon of the 517th Parachute Infantry, 17th Air Airborne was written May 17th 1943 while in training at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. In this incredible letter he writes about a Muslim friend he has made in the Army who's family were killed in the holocaust by the Nazis and his friend wants to fight the Nazis. The other letter is written by Lt. Robert M. Wilhelm who was a D-Day pilot with the 9th Troop Carrier Command. This letter was written while he was in training at Cochran Field, Macon, Georgia April 22nd 1943. Here is the back ground of these two Soldier/Airmen: While in the ETO, Lt. Robert M. Wilhelm flew some of the most dangerous missions of any troop carrier pilot during WWII, including Normandy and D-Day South France. There is much content online about the 9th Troop Carrier Command and this would be a excellent pilot to research. Included with this original letters is a facsimlie COPY of his key flights and awards with dates. I will also include five recently printed photos of Troop carrier drops on Normandy and South France and a photo of the 17th Airborne plaque. Lt. Wilhelm was awarded many Awards including the Bronze Star and the Air Medal for his actions during WWII. Paratrooper Prt. Donald A. Paragon is from Mt. Vernon Ohio and I know that he was a Rigger and a Infantry Paratrooper. In 1944 he served in Italy, France and made it to Belgium by Jan. 1945. Prt. Paragon was very philisphical about being a Paratrooper and his responsibility to fight to save mankind from the Nazis. He change from being a rigger to a pure Paratrooper because riggers did not always see action. He was with the 17th AIRBORNE DIVISION, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment. About Paratrooper Prt. Donald A. Paragon: Prt. Donald A. Paragon is from Mt. Vernon Ohio and I know that he was a Rigger and a Infantry Paratrooper. In 1944 he served in Italy, France and made it to Belgium by Jan. 1945. Prt. Paragon was very philisphical about being a Paratrooper and his responsibility to fight to save mankind from the Nazis. He changed from being a rigger to a pure Paratrooper because riggers did not always see action and he wanted to fight. With this letter I will provide a facsimile of a letter he wrote to his mother that explains why he need to fight. Prt. Paragon was with the 17th AIRBORNE DIVISION, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment. His Regiment was one of the most specialized Parachute Units in the US Army and saw action in the D-Day South France Campaign and fought in many battles from Italy to The Battle of The Bulge. Pvt. Paragon was awarded the Bronze Star. Members of the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment earned many awards including but not limited to the Congressionaal Medal of Honor, 6 Distinguished Service Crosses, 13 Silver Stars, 631 Bronze Stars, 5 Legion of Merit, 4 Soldiers Medals, 17 French Croix De Guerre, and 1576 Purple Hearts. There were 247 men KIA. Prt. Paragon was there from start to finish. While he was in Southern France he saw 94 days of continuous combat after D-Day. At the end of the war he wore 5 battle stars on he ETO Ribbon.The 517th PIR was and independent Unit and one of the most specialized Parachute Units in the US Army. When the 517th PIR was formed the men were hand picked from 3000 Airborne soldiers and only 800 made the cut, he was one of those men. If you go to YouTube and search: "A Cut Above 517th" you will find many videos about this great Parachute Infantry Regiment. Also Wikipedia has a large writeup titled: 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team. Recently in a interview and a speech of one of the last surviving members of the 517th the former paratrooper said this: “while in Basic training the Army gave every (Army) unit a physical fitness test and a 20 mile march. Every unit in the 517th Parachute Regiment Combat Team did better than any other unit in the entire US army. The 517th broke every record of any parachute regiment that progressed through the Corps. We knew we were a cut above the rest of the Army and we made every effort to show it, socially and professionally.” Here is what one of the last surviving members of paratroopers of the 517th said about the Southern France drop: "On the 15th of August shortly after midnight 180 C-47 lifted the combat (517th) in route for Southern France. They jumped at about 4:30 in the morning." What you will get: You will get the two original WWII letters and envelope. Also Included are some FACSIMILES (printed on 25%cotton paper) of another letter both these men have written at different times in the 17th AIRBORNE DIVISION and the 9th Troop Carrier Command. You will also a recent photos of a 17th AIRBORNE DIVISION plaque and tree small Photos of the Normand/South France drop and a DVD that has a few of Pvt. Donald A. Paragon WWII letters and photos he shot while in South France. See photos for condition and content. Bidding conditions below: US buyers only. (I do make some exceptions to only US buyers so email me) You must have bought over 25 items on eBay, Paypal preferredand you must have a good rating in order to buy on this letter.I have a 100% rating and have sold many important document, letters and items on Ebay so you know you will receive this original letter.See photos for condition. I will insure and give you tracking info. Email me if you have questions. There is much content online about the 9th Troop Carrier Command and this would be a excellent pilot to research. Included with this original letter is a copy of his key flights and awards with dates. I will also include three small photos of Troop carrier drops on Normandy and South France. Lt. Wilhelm was awarded many Awards including the Bronze Star and the Air Medal for his actions during WWII. See photos for condition and letter content, Bidding conditions and mailing below:I ship Priority Mail US Post Service, three day delivery. The reason why is virtually all of the items I sell are one of a kind and even though an item may not have a high selling price it is sometime priceless to the buyer. Also Priority Mail US Post Service is insured and is tracked to guarantee delivery. US buyers only. (I do make some exceptions for foreign buyers but you need to email me to get approval for bidding.You must have bought over 25 items on eBay, Paypal preferred and you must have a good rating in order to buy on this item/items.I have a 100% rating and have sold many rare and important document, letters and items on Ebay so you know you will receive this original item.See photos for condition. Email me if you have any questions, see my other letter from this man I have listed. Condition: Very good Condition, original

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