Edward Mahoney

 Edward Mahoney Looking back on my life I can remember wanting to be a paratrooper when I was only ten years old. My family moved to 104 Dewberry Drive in Rochester NY, this was then referred to at the time in 1948, as Point Pleasant, New York. At the end of Dewberry drive was Durand Eastman Park that contained an 18-hole golf course that I spent a lot of time playing golf and searching for lost golf balls. During this time period I remember reading a comic book about the Normandy invasion and what part the 82nd Airborne participated in the war at that time. I was so impressed with the Paratroopers jumping out of airplanes that I knew that this was something I was going to do when I became an adult, and join the 82nd Airborne Division.

I started to devote more time in Durand Eastman Park to locate trees that I could climb up and jump off of. It didn’t take long to find a tree that was tall enough to meet my standards, as my courage increased, I would climb up farther and jump, marking the last height with my pocket knife. The jumps were so thrilling each time I jumped, I was no longer afraid and I became very proud of myself. My Mother recalled during this time period how many times I would come home all scratched up with torn pants and shirts from jumping off my favorite tree in Durand Eastman Park.


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