The following text
appears on the back of the Airborne Troop Carrier Commemorative
The Unsung of World
Much has been said, written,
and portrayed about the airplane and its role in World War II.
Foremost have been the deeds and heroics of the Navy carrier
and land-based fighters along with the fighters and bombers of
the Army Air Corps. Since the end of the war their exploits have
been the subject of numerous books and movies - and with just
cause. Their contributions to the Allied victories throughout
the world were immeasurable.
However, almost nothing has
ever been written and portrayed about TROOP CARRIER. On both
sides of the globe, unarmed TROOP CARRIER aircraft pulled gliders
and dropped paratroopers behind enemy lines, spearheading every
major invasion or disembarkment, evacuated thousands of critically
wounded soldiers right under the guns of the enemy, and kept
besieged and moving ground forces supplied with food, medical
supplies, and ammunition. Flying at all altitudes from tree-top
level to 800 feet during these operations, the aircraft and gliders
with Airborne troops aboard were subjected to heavy enemy flak
and every type of small arms fire imaginable.
This GRAND REUNION is a salute
to everyone who was a part of any of the TROOP CARRIER operations.
Whether a crew member aboard an airplane or glider or whether
assigned to Administration, Supply, Engineering, or Communications,
this REUNION is a tribute YOU and the part YOU, as a soldier,
played in helping to achieve the final victory.
TROOP CARRIER has indeed carved
itself an undisputed niche in the history of WORLD WAR II, and
this niche is attributable to YOU, the "UNSUNG".
Airborne Grand Reunion, 21-26 July 1987, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas