"Stand up, hook up. Shuffle to the door.
Jump right out and count to four."

Family, friends, Panamanians, friendly troops, all watching the air drop.

Sometimes these events take forever and z-z-z.
Momma's smokes?

"If my chute don't open wide, I'll be splattered
on the countryside."

Down comes the gear.


"If I die on that old drop zone, box me up and ship me home.

Pin my metals upon my chest, tell my momma I did my best."

I'm not sure which groups jumped in these photos, but the 82nd Airborne jumped back then and they were busy in 1989 ....