My first assignment after jump school graduation in January 1979 was A Co, third platoon 1/504 ABCT. Joined my platoon as a PV2 a few days after A Co returned from cold weather training in Norway. What a great assignment. Made my EIB with 7 other guys out of the entire battalion that first year, deployed to all the good places in Germany like Wild Chicken, Graffenfart, and all the rest. Lead four men as a SP4 during the Naples earthquakes, and even played First Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar for some odd reason in an Italian/American theater group. Dale Czarnecki, one of my roommates (remembe the four-man rooms?) played Judas. No other assignment was like it. Bill Sloan, Indiana, retired MSG.
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