A Beautiful Day in the Life of An Old Paratrooper

Here are Eric Labourdette’s  own words about his jump into La Friere Bridge zone in June 2017.   https://talesalongtheway.com/2017/08/11/eric-labourette-guide-extraordinaire/

” I wanted to jump to honor and remember the sacrifice of all those paratroopers who gave their lives  for our freedom.  I am an old paratrooper and a Navy Commando.  In May, I was at the jump school of round Canopy Parachute Team in le Havre in Normandy to jump.

After five jumps, I was a paratrooper of the RCPT and it was possible for me to jump during the first week of June.  I was in  ninth position in the stick in the plane.

And my landing was at the end of the drop zone not far from Cauquigny.  I noticed the noise and vibration of the engine. But no one was firing !  The jump master ordered, “Stand and hook up.”  My heart accelerated.  The American jump master jumped first.  I remember to see the ground when I crossed the door.  Checked the canopy.  It was fantastic to see the drop zone, La Fiere Bridge and the large visiting crowd I landed at the end of  the DZ.


A grandfather was very close with his grandchildren.  They ran over asking to take pictures with me. I was proud and honored.  We took pictures with my M42 jacket of the 82nd Airborne.  I hope that those who died here can see that they are not forgotten.  This was a beautiful day in the life of an old paratrooper.

Live your dreams                                                                                                                                      Honor and remember


Eric ended, “This part of Normandy is a new star in your flag, God bless all those young soldiers who died in June of 1944.  ( Amen!  My affirmation with Eric’s prayer.)

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About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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12 Responses to A Beautiful Day in the Life of An Old Paratrooper

  1. ksbeth says:

    how amazing. thank you for your service, eric –

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Labourdette Eric says:

    Thank you Anne


  3. GP Cox says:

    This day means a lot to both of us, Anne. I’m glad you met Eric!


  4. Herve.chalmeton says:

    Good job my friend 😉 Thanks for sharing your expérience with us .


  5. Don Ostertag says:

    From one old paratrooper to another, I salute you, Eric. And I thank you for being such a help to Anne and her family. They do so much to keep the memory of the sacrifices of paratroopers, before and on D Day, and the fighting afterwards, via Anne’s blog, her brother’s web site, and her mother’s wonderful little book, A PARATROOPER’S FAITH.


  6. Ismael says:

    Best experience ever! A great honor jumping in memory of all those who did it on D-day, a dream fulfilled together. Preparing the 74th anniversary my fríend!!😉
    Wishing to climb back to the C-47 together!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. We are proud of individuals like Eric. They make America great.


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