USAHEC World War II Event Remembers Veteran, Richard “Red” Falvey with a Special Ceremony

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will miss a familiar face at this year’s fall World War II living history event: Training for the North African Campaign.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will miss a familiar face at this year’s fall World War II living history event: Training for the North African Campaign. Staff Sergeant Richard “Red” Falvey, a World War II veteran who jumped into Normandy in the early hours of June 6, 1944, and who was a staple at the USAHEC living history events, passed away on August 20, 2012 at age 91. USAHEC will honor Red’s memory with a special educational program and parachute jump at 12:00 PM on September 29, 2012.

 

            Born on August 2, 1921 in Ardsley, New York, Mr. Falvey knew from an early age that he wanted to jump out of airplanes. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the United States joined the war effort, Red Falvey enlisted into the U.S. Army and volunteered for the airborne. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, the same regiment as the “Band of Brothers,” Red trained at Camp Toccoa and Fort Benning, Georgia. In addition to his jump into Normandy, Red was involved in other major missions such as “Operation Market Garden,” the airborne assault into Holland, as well as fighting in Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge.

 

      In 1994, Red and 39 others, 18 of them original D-Day paratroopers, jumped again into Normandy on the 50th anniversary of their famous jump. On August 13, 2011, Red celebrated his 90th birthday by a tandem airplane jump onto a field at the USAHEC. To honor Red and his service, the Ranger Group All Veteran Parachute Team will jump into USAHEC September 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm. The jump will include the Missing Man Formation, a time-honored military tradition, and conclude with a memorial ceremony.

 

        The USAHEC’s, “Training for the North African Campaign,” living history event is free and open to the public. Parking is free, and food vendors will be available on site. The event kicks off for school students on September 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM. On Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th, the parking lots open to the public at 8:30 AM and the event programs begin at 9:00 AM. Programs continue all three days until 5:00 PM. The USAHEC is located at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013. For a detailed schedule, to get involved, or to learn more about the event, visit www.USAHEC.org or call 717-245-3972.