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Camp MacKall (not without a problem or two)

April 15, 2021

Besides a great article, I also wanted to share the last photo. It fits with how many of us feel.

Pacific Paratrooper

Gen. Joseph M. Swing

The following story has been condensed from the โ€œAngels: A History of the 11th Airborne Divisionโ€ by MGeneral E.M. Flanagan Jr.

The 511th made waves for the 11th A/B Div.

General Swing, realized he was commanding an outfit of cocky paratroopers with special jump pay and glider troops who had no voice in their assignment and no extra pay to compensate for being forced to go to war in a rickety, undependable glider in equal hazardous duty. Unless he took some drastic action, the division would be split.

Reports filtered back to Gen. Swing at Camp MacKall that the 511th troopers were full of arrogant, rowdy hell-raisers lacking in discipline. But when the regiment joined up with the 11th Airborne, Swing was ready for them. Henry Muller [G-2 officer] remembered:

Lt.General E.M. Flanagan

โ€œIt was quite a shock to us. Gen. Swing, who had heard terribleโ€ฆ

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