Former Airborne division member speaks to Marine Corps League
Marine Corps League member Don Blair, left, and Guy Whidden, 101st Airborne Division, share a moment at a recent Antietam Detachment meeting. (Submitted photo / June 20, 2012)
Whidden, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, shared his experiences and answered questions from local Marines before the detachment’s regular meeting.
Whidden parachuted into Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion of June 1944. He also jumped again into Holland as part of Operation Market-Garden. On June 6, 1994, as one of a few select D-Day veterans cleared to jump, Whidden again jumped into Normandy during the 50th anniversary observances.
Whidden, who will be 89 this month, is sought out as a speaker and has published a book of his experiences as a soldier serving in World War II, titled “Between the Lines and Beyond.”
The Marine Corps League, Antietam Detachment, meets monthly to discuss issues confronting veterans, and to manage programs that support the local community. Meetings are open to Marines and friends of the Marine Corps.
Anyone interested in attending a meeting or are interested in joining the Marine Corps League, send an email to Info@MCLAntietamDet.org.