|Since 1977, in April, Don Lassen (505th
PIR, 82nd Division, WWII), founder, editor, and publisher
of The Static Line monthly newspaper, has
hosted an Airborne Awards Festival with representatives
present from all Airborne Units and Organizations. This year's
event occurred April 4-7, with an Airborne Awards Ceremony on
Saturday evening, April 7th. Don asks each Unit or Organization
to designate an individual to be decorated for their outstanding
contributions for the past year.
"For the 506th Association, the Board of Directors unanimously voted that Michael C. Bookser (B/E Co, 1st BN, 1969-1970), be named the Association's Man of the Year for his efforts with the Currahee web site, which continues to improve and attract attention to the Association. Mike's dedication deserved this token of appreciation and recognition for promoting the Currahee spirit." [Gene Overton (C Co, 1st BN, 1967-1968), President, 506th Association]
|101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) color
guard, wearing uniforms
spanning eras from the Revolutionary War to today, and Ross Perot,
guest speaker for the awards banquet and Airborne Man of the Year.
"The Man of the Year for the year 2000 was a man whose contributions
to the Airborne and the Armed Forces have made him a legend to
American Service Men and Women all over the world."
(The Static Line, May 2001)
Dingman, Jr. (I Co, 3rd BN, 506th PIR,
(HQ, 3rd BN, 506th PIR, 1942-1945); and Michael C. Bookser.
Bob Dunning was a member of the Return to Normandy Association, a group of
WWII paratroopers who parachuted at Amfreville, France, on June 5, 1994,
at the 50th year commemoration of the Normandy landings.
(L-R): Michael C. Bookser and
Joseph R. Beyrle, Sr.
(I Co, 3rd BN, 506th PIR, 1942-1945).
Other 506th Currahees attending the Static Line Awards
Festival, but not pictured, were