Boswell was assigned to the 505 Parachute Regiment, which was absorbed by the 82nd Airbone Division in Fort Bragg.
Six weeks of training. Airborne soldiers ran everywhere, even to breakfast.
“Everything was aimed at eliminating the ones who couldn’t do it,” he said.
In all, Major Boswell made 105 airborne jumps, many of them in a parachute he packed himself.
‘We just kept fighting’
From Fort Bragg, the 82nd shipped out in the spring of 1943, headed to the coast of Casablanca.
The night of July 10, Boswell and G Company jumped into Sicily with 146 men.
“Our job was to grab crossroads and bridges that led to the beach, and keep more Germans from getting to the beach to reinforce their troops. So, we had to hold whatever position we had until the people from the beach got to us,” he remembered, “We thought we’d be pulled back, but they didn’t [pull us back]. They put us in front and we just kept fighting.”
The next night, the 504th jumped in to reinforce G Company, flying low in C47s over oceans stocked with U.S. ships.