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Robbinsville Township in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon

 
 
U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon Marker
Inscription.  This plaque is to honor New Jersey's paratroopers and to commemorate the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon which trained here during the summer of 1940. This training was the beginning of the elite military paratrooper units, including the 82nd Airborne Division, who have served our country proudly in war and in peace.
 
Erected by State of New Jersey.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
 
Location. 40° 14.882′ N, 74° 34.1′ W. Marker is in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of New Jersey Route 33 and Voelbel Road on State Route 33. Located on the South side of NJ 33/US 130, just north of Voelbel Road in Robbinsville Township, just south of Hightstown. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 N Main Street, Hightstown NJ 08520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. East Windsor Township Civil War Monument (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hightstown World War II Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); Hightstown
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By R. C.
2. U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon Marker
Part of the original landing zone remains behind the marker.
(approx. 2.9 miles away); Mercer County Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Parsonage Barn (approx. 4.7 miles away); Site of House of Dr. Hezekiah Stites (approx. 4.7 miles away); Martian Landing Site (approx. 4.9 miles away); The First Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1. These 48 men were members of the original Parachute Test Platoon:
First Lieutenant William T. Ryder
Second Lieutenant James A. Bassett
Warrant Officer C.W. (Tug) Wilson
Sergeant John M. Haly
Sergeant Benedict F. Jacquary
Sergeant Lloyd (Mac) McCullough
Sergeant Lemuel T. Pitts
Sergeant Grady A. Roberts
Sergeant Hobart B. Wade
Private First Class Tyerus Floyd Adams
Private First Class Willie F. Brown
Private First Class Floyd Burkhalter
Private First Class Donald L. Colee
Private First Class Louie D. Davis
Private First Class Edgar R. Dodd
Private First Class Johnnie A. Ellis
Private First Class Mitchel Guilbeau
Private First Class J. Hardin
Private First Class George W. Ivy
Private First Class John M. Kitchens
Private First Class Lester C. McLaney
Private
View of U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon Marker from Route 33/130 southbound image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, September 11, 2010
3. View of U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon Marker from Route 33/130 southbound
First Class Joseph L. Peters
Private First Class John F. Pursley, Jr
Private First Class Benjamin C. Reese
Private First Class Alsie L. Rutland
Private First Class Louie D. Skipper
Private First Class Raymond G. Smith
Private First Class Harris J. Wallace
Private First Class John A. Ward
Private First Class Thurman L. Weaks, Sr.
Private First Class Carles M. (Swifty) Wilson
Private First Class Obie B. Wilson
Private John E. Borom
Private Leo C. Brown
Private Jules Corbin
Private Ernest L. Dilburn
Private Joseph E. Doucet
Private Aubrey Eberhardt
Private Frank Kassell Jr
Private Richard J. Kelly
Private Sidney C. Kerksis
Private William N. King
Private John 0. Modisett
Private Robert H. Poudert
Private Albert P. Robinson
Private Thad P. Selman
Private Robert E. Shepperd
Private Arthur W. Swilley
Private Hugh A. Tracey
Private Steve Voils, Jr.
    — Submitted January 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

2. Book with signatures of "original parachute test platoon "
Raymond G. Smith (deceased) was the husband to my wife's sister, who also recently died. In going through some of Raymond's wife's, Nita, articles that were to be given to the family, I found an interesting
U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon Marker and Newer Companion Plaque image. Click for full size.
By R. C., August 19, 2014
4. U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon Marker and Newer Companion Plaque
book entitled Paratrooper! by Gerard M. Devlin copyright 1974. On the inside cover are the signatures entitled "original parachute test platoon". (15 including Raymond G. Smith) On the facing page is also listed app. 65 other names including Major McDonald Valentine Jr., society of Vietnamese Rangers. Some of the men in this list is discussed in the book. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted June 4, 2012, by Robert Norton of Gadsden, Alabama.
 
U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon Marker Companion Plaque Detail image. Click for full size.
By R. C., August 19, 2014
5. U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon Marker Companion Plaque Detail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 4,059 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on February 2, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   3. submitted on September 11, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on August 19, 2014, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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