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Rare original World War II document, a "Parachute Log Record". 20pp. 2 1/4" x 3", assigned to and packed with a specific parachute and updated to reflect each instance of inspection and testing. This specific parachute was given the initial serial number "174043", later changed to "360645", manufactured 1943 and tested at Camp Mackall in North Carolina. The log indicates that inspected seven times between December of 1943 and July of 1944, and was test-dropped five times. The log is included with a variety of paratrooper-related documents collected by LEONARD A. RAPPORT (1913-2008), who served with the 101st Airborne Division and later became a leading Revolutionary War researcher and writer. These additional documents include a typed document, 1p. 4to., entitled "Ten Commandments of a Paratrooper", drafted by Rapport and bearing numerous ink emendations in his hand, and containing such exhortations as: "Be mentally alert. Think fast, act fast. Your life and the lives of your buddies depends on that.", and "Never surrender. Remember Bastogne!" Also present is a personnel roster, 1p. 4to., listing a number of men of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, including Rapport, who are to be transferred to the Separation Center at Fort Bragg for demobilization, as well as a list of personnel records, 16pp. 4to., for the men named in the above-mentioned roster, who are to travel from Fort Shanks in New York to Fort Brag. All bear folds and minor chipping, else very good. Four pieces.

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September 13, 2017 11:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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