Movie Memories

by Frank Marchese

Fort Bragg 1949. Dad had just returned home after being in Hollywood for 45 days. He and fellow former 101st Airborne troopers assisted in the making of “Battleground” . They provided technical assistance, showing actors who to hold a rifle and dress in combat gear. The troopers also played “extras” in the background scenes. Dad is holding me on the left as Mom looks on and chats with the other wives and troopers holding the rest of the “Brats”. The 82nd Airborne Band is seen marching off in the background after (at that time) Lt. Col Westmoreland greeted the returning troopers.



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