This condensed eye witness account was written by BGen. Henry J. Muller, Jr.; courtesy of “The Drop Zone” website and published in “The Voice of the Angels” newspaper, Matt Underwood, Editor.
“TRANSPORTS!!” – “JAPS!!” – “PARATROOPERS!!”
“The time was 1800 hours, 6 December 1944 and at first it sounded like a swarm of bees in the distance. Then it became clear. No paratrooper could mistake the drone of a formation of troop carrier aircraft. Someone outside shouted “AIRCRAFT!!” – then many – “JAP TRANSPORTS!!” – “PARATROOPERS!!”
“The division staff dashed out of the mess tent looking skyward. By now, a dozen parachutes had opened above us and everyone began firing at them. I even emptied 2 clips from my .45 at the nearest parachutists. Most jumped well beyond our HQ, landing in and about the San Pablo airstrip…
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