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A Paratrooper's Faith

I just have to share a beautiful piece of history with you all! I'm borrowing this 1944 booklet called A Paratrooper's Faith. It's dedicated to twenty year old Sgt. George Bowler Tullidge of the 507th PIR, 82nd Airborne who gave his life during the Invasion of France. A few months before the invasion, his mother sent him a booklet filled with poems, inspirational excerpts, and Bible verses to comfort and encourage him while overseas. He called it the little book while his mother called it A Paratrooper's Faith.

I've read through it a couple times (and will continue to until I have to give it back!) and it's chocked full of inspiring quotes and verses. One of my favorites is from Emerson.

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always some one to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men to win them."—Emerson.
The very dashing George Bowler Tullidge
After her son's death, Mrs. Tullidge voluntarily duplicated the booklet and mailed them to over 300,000 soldiers! The booklet is still being duplicated and inspiring people today. If you'd like to pass one along to someone in service, you can request a free copy from George's sister HERE.

In the beginning of the booklet is a letter from George to his younger brother. Here's an excerpt:

I just know and pray that you will turn out to be the kind of boy that Mother and Dad are teaching you to be. Just please take a word of advice from somebody who has had a small look around anyway. Maybe I am not so old, but this two years in the army has shown and taught me lots of things about life that I never dreamed of before...Often times when I feel depressed and blue it does me an awful lot of good to read my Bible and a little book that Mother sent me. A good belief in Christianity (very broad term) gives a fellow something to grasp when the going gets tough, and it does at times. A lot of boys have a hard time because they do not have it there to take hold of. Of course, it is there for all to have if they want, but due to wrong living and poor home life, they haven't been made to realize that it is there. 

 Maybe this sounds like so much bull; but I just want to impress upon you that if you grow up to be the young man that Mother and Dad want and teach you to be, things will be much nicer and brighter for you. At times the wrong thing will seem much better and more fun, but just remember the consequences. 

Your best Pal, 



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