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I remember:

... the Gaoliang fields were fully grown. The parachutes and their cannisters are clearly visible near the houses and in the fields ... © U.S.AirForce.

... the gaoliang as being full grown on August 17 and giving the parachutists trouble with knowing where the ground was. I carried a machine gun tripod back to camp.


I remember:
... having trouble walking later on when we were out there under the welded-together barrels parachuting down from the B29s when we were being supplied from Saipan. In that case it was the puncture vine seeds that inflicted terrible pain on our bare feet as we ran to get away from what we supposed was the trajectory of the barrels. Looking up in the air and not at the ground, we would run right into a patch of puncture vine. The pain was awful and we would have to pick the spiky seeds out of our feet and then try to find a way out of the patch without picking up more.

... Major Stanley A. Staiger, team leader. ... sketched by William A. Smith © just after the liberation of Weihsien Camp ...


All I remember:
... of the chutes was dark green. But that was a long time ago and details like that may be wrong. I remember the B-29 chutes being made into landing markers for future runs and that an adjacent village made some of their own and confused the pilots enough that they dumped their loads there, instead of on our markers.


I remember:
... I was standing with Major Staiger when he saw the misdirected chutes going down. He pulled his pistol and went off toward the village. Later a couple of wagons came back with all the stuff loaded on them. Those chutes were red as I remember.