Paratrooper Prayers

Who's Packing Your Chute?
Vietnam Christmas Cards, with editing for awareness
Text copy of Paratrooper Prayers
Paratrooper Prayer
The Airborne Code
USMA Cadet, Midshipman
Golden Knights
Ranger, Gen. Garrison
Special Forces
82nd, A
82nd, B
82nd, Jumpmaster
82nd Abn. Div. Assoc. Application
101st AIRBORNE DIVISION (Airmobile)
101st, A
101st, B
101st, C
11th Airborne, Angels
17th Abn. Division
JUMPING MUSTANGS, 1st of the 8th, 1st Cav Division RVN
Jumping Mustangs, A
Jumping Mustang, B
Jumping Mustang, C
Operation Overlord
160th Av. Abn. Night Stalkers
173rd Airborne, The Herd
3rd Royal Australian Regt., attached to 173rd
506th WWII and Currahee
508th, Normandy
509th Pathfinder
517th PIR
551st PIR
USAF Pararescue
Paratrooper Heaven
Soldier, Sailor- Marine, Airman
Pledge of Allegiance, Red Skelton
The Parachute Regiment, GB, Collect for Peace
The Parachute Reg., GB, The Collect
The Parachute Reg., GB, Airborne Millenium Prayer
IDF, Israel, A Paratrooper's Cry
French, Indochina War, Diem Bien Phu
IDF, Israel, POW's Prayer
42nd Brig. de Inf. Paracaidistas,Ven.
Airborne ,Air Assault
St. Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of the Airborne
St. Mike, A
St. Mike, B
St. Mike, C
St. Mike Jump Commands
St. Michael's Airborne Society Rules
What is a Veteran
Who's Packing Your Chute?
Links and Stuff
Prayers for those in Recovery from addiction or PTSD

W H O   
                                    I S    P A C K I N G   
                                    Y O U R    P A R A C H U T E ?
Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. 
                                    75 combat  missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air
missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was
captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He
survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that
One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man
at another table came up and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet
fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were
shot down!" 
"How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb. 
 "I packed your parachute," the man replied. 
Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and 
said, "I guess it worked!" 
Plumb assured him, "It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I
wouldn't be here today." 
 Plumb couldn't sleep
                                    that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says,
"I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform: a white
hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many
times I might have seen him and not even said 'Good morning, how
you?' or anything because,
                                    you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was
just a sailor." 
Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden
table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and
folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the
fate of someone he didn't know. 
Now, Plumb asks his audience, "Who's packing your parachute?" 
Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through
the day. He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes
when his plane was shot down over enemy territory--he needed his
physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute,
his spiritual parachute.
                                    He called on all these supports before
reaching safety. 
Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what
really important. We
                                    may fail to say hello, please, or thank you,
congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them,
give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. As you
through this week, this
                                    month, this year, recognize people who pack
your parachutes.

A forward from member Nancy ... 

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