Page I. PVT.James Hendrix
101# AIRBORNE DIV.
Fort Campbell Ky.
Well, here I am- Excatly where I
wanted to go- In the 101ST AIRBORNE--
How are you and Leon, and every body? Fine,I
really hope- Well, It is pretty rough , but
I can't complain and I don't regret it....so far-
We jumped out of the 34ft. tower on the 3rd day
we were here - It was almost fun--
we were the first 9 out of about 150 in our
group - When I was walking up the stairs
to the top of the tower ,I was walking nice
and slow , just taking it easy -- there
were 3 guys that quit when they got to
the top of the tower -you can quit anytime.
And they took one look outside and just quit.
And that got me to thinking when
I was walking up those steps -
But I have it made in my mind that what-
ever happens ,I'm not quitting on my own-
Anyway, When I got to the top,this jump
master snapped these two straps onto my
harness and stapped me on the butt and
said,right in my ear, "Go, Go, GO!
I hesitated for a split-second and the
next thing I knew,I was falling ___ All
of a sudden ,when all the slack was taken
up on the line,I was snapped like a
bull-whip and started bouncing down the
cable like this_
While I was slidding down, I had my
leg's togather,hands on the "reserve",
and chin tucked "into" my chest ___ NOT LIKE