Able Company Canopies Over the Audie Murphy Museum

Able Company medics attend to an “injured paratrooper” during a reenactment in Waxahachie, Texas. Image courtesy of Able Company.

The flight of C-47 Sky Trains flew over Hunt County and Greenville during the early morning hours of Saturday, September 29th. Paratroops lined up in the aisle of the aging, two-engined transport plane and checked their equipment. Static lines were attached and the troop doors opened. The jumpmaster yelled, “Go, go, go!” as the green light illuminated above the aircraft door. The planes glided over the Long Branch Creek and Family Fellowship Church at 1,000 feet and the paratroopers spilled out of the aircraft…

Able Company is a group of paratrooper reenactors of the 1st Battalion of the 502 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division will be camped at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum Saturday morning. The company participates in living history, public displays, and takes part in tactical “battles” with other World War II re-enactment groups around the country.

Join the company at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum on September 29, 2018, for WWII Living History Day! Find out what living conditions were like for soldiers during WWII as Able Company sets up an encampment on museum grounds.

Able Company uses a variety of vintage and accurately reproduced uniforms, equipment, weapons, and vehicles that would typically be found in a field or garrison encampment. Some of the displays will consist of uniforms, parachute equipment, medical supplies, and tents, including a fully functional field kitchen. They will also perform live demonstrations of the weapons that were used by the airborne troopers. The re-enactors will be able to demonstrate the equipment and talk about the items on display so a better understanding of the soldiers of that era and how they lived in wartime conditions can be achieved.

“General Patton” will be participating this year and will be inspecting the troops! Also, students will get the opportunity of trying to figure out what items would go in a WWII pack and try to pack the bag! The event will be on Saturday, September 29th from 9 am – 5 pm. This is a unique opportunity for students, adults and WWII buffs alike to view life in a paratrooper encampment. For additional information contact the Museum at (903) 450-4502.

George Shenkle sits with re-enactors, who are depicting World War II-era paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, inside a C-47A Skytrain April 18, 2015, at the Air Mobility Command Museum near Dover Air Force Base, Del. Shenkle is sitting in the same seat position on the very aircraft that he jumped out of on D-Day, June 6, 1944, over Normandy, France. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Cacicia)

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