Knox Press

Never Give Up the Jump: Combat, Resilience, and the Legacy of World War II through the Eyes and Voices of the Paratroopers, Wives, and Families of the 508th PIR

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The daughter of a D-Day paratrooper and her husband, a PTSD therapist, discover a family legacy of love, trauma, and resilience when they set out to explore a vast trove of WWII correspondence, official military documents, personal effects, and unique militaria found in closets and basements after her father’s death.  

In his eulogy to 508th troopers killed in Holland, their Regimental Commander, Col. Roy Lindquist, promised to “honor them for the heroes that they are, and always remember the obligation that is now to keep faith with them as they have kept faith with us.” Taking up that call to faith, Jack and Sue Talley bring to life the memories, voices, and sacrifices of the “Greatest Generation” for today’s generations and the next, by sharing their discovery of the legacy of WWII and the promise to Never Give Up the Jump.