Women of Westpoint
By Retired Lt. Col. Marc A. SmithJanuary 26, 2011
I really enjoyed the (First Women of West Point) story (featured in the October 2010 issue).
Back in 1976, when I was a speedy-4, I went to Airborne School with the two of the first female cadets. (Their gender) didn't really make a difference-the Black Hats hated everyone.
My memory is one of their kindness. I loosened my leg straps on my second jump, which caused the strap to grab my right testicle-never knew it until the chute opened. I screamed for 1,250 feet, (and) when I hit the ground, dropped my drawers right there. I still had the sensation of 149 pounds of weight on my right one, so this caused me to vomit. They (the two females) came over and asked if I was OK. Some memory!
Retired Lt. Col. Marc A. Smith
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