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Topic: Korean War

Korean War Era Aerial Delivery Photos 2

From the collection of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum, Fort Lee, Virginia Fort Campbell, KY, PFC Bob Whitt of San Antonio, Texas., Parachute Maintenance Company, 11th Airborne Division, demonstrates the process of stowing suspension lines of a T-7 main chute used by all jumpers of the Division.  4 April 1952, U.S. Army Photo YOKAHAMA, JAPAN, […]

Korean War Era Aerial Delivery Photos 1

From the collection of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum, Fort Lee, Virginia Korean Conflict Pathfinder Group- 8081st Army Unit (Quartermaster) leaving airplane in practice jump 24 May 1952 Camp Kokura Photo Lab, U.S. Army Photo EXERCISE “SNOW STORM” Camp Drum, NY 1953 LT James E, Ray, left and CPT James M. Staigers, members of the […]

Quartermasters Hit the Silk

By LIEUTENANT WALTER J. WARNER, Q.M.C. Quartermaster Review September-October 1950 On Armed Forces Day, May 20th, Quartermaster personnel at Fort Lee were treated to a preview of their own armed forces in action in a war of the future when forty paratroopers of the 407th Airborne Quartermaster Company “hit the silk” in a demonstration of […]

Operation of the Airborne Division Parachute Maintenance Company

By Major Thomas R. Cross, Inf. Division Parachute Officer, 11th Airborne Division The Quartermaster Review, September-October 1950 Article written by the officer credited with designing the first rigger badge about one of the first new Quartermaster Divisional Parachute Maintenance Companies.   Also talks about the origin of the Red rigger cap. The Rigger’s Pledge, its […]

Performance of Packet Planes

By Richard S. Boutelle President of Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation The Quartermaster Review, September-October 1950 The old adage “the bigger they are the harder they fall” is taking a kicking around in the air-delivery business. It has been our business for the last eight years to help the Airborne divisions change things around, until […]

“Some Succeeded and Some Failed” Airborne Quartermaster Field Operations

By LT. COL. ROBERT C. McKECHNIE, QM-USAR Quartermaster Review September-October 1950 What can you conceive more silly and extravagant than to suppose a man racking his brains, and studying night and day how to fly?—WILLIAM LAW. 1728. TODAY in Japan, Quartermaster troops are operating an air supply organization to provide Airborne supplies for our ground troops […]

Delivery by Air

Extracted from Combat Support in Korea, Part VII, Quartermaster Corps, Facsimile Reprint, 1987, 1990, CMH Publication 22-1, Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, D.C. Capt. William J. Dawson, Jr., 8081st Quartermaster Airborne Air Supply and Packaging Company The 8081st Quartermaster Airborne Air Supply and Packaging Company is the most-decorated quartermaster company in the U.S. […]

Quartermaster Support of Airborne Operations

EXCERPTS OF TESTIMONY GIVEN BEFORE AN AD HOC COMMITTEE Quartermaster Review September-October 1950 The following extracts are from a report of the proceedings of a committee which met on March 27th to study the problem of Quartermaster support of Airborne operations. Most of the testimony reprinted below is that of Maj. Gen. James A. Gavin, […]

Flying Quartermasters

By PVT. Tony Ricketti Quartermaster Review September-October 1953 When it comes to handing out plaudits to the Army the Marines generally change the conversation to the Halls of Montezuma or talk about the weather. But if the talk gets around to the day the Army’s paratrooper Quartermasters airmailed then a bridge, the song is a […]

They Wrote the Book

By Lieutenant Gordon C. Bennett Quartermaster Review January-February 1953 “When there is no book, write the book!” Members of the 8081st Army Unit (full designation: Quartermaster Airborne Air Supply & Packaging Company) were faced with this alternative a few weeks after their arrival in Japan in September 1950. Before them lay the Korean airlift and […]