Hightstown, New Jersey: US Army Parachute Test Platoon Monument

Former site of the Safe Parachute Company's pair of 250-ft. tall wooden test towers, used by fledgling US Army paratroopers in 1940. Structures are long gone, but a plaque notes their importance.

Address:
1405 NJ-130, Hightstown, NJ
Directions:
On the south side of NJ-130, just east of Voelbel Rd.
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Parachute Training Monument.

US Army Parachute Test Platoon Monument

A small memorial built to commemorate early training site for newly formed parachute troops in 1940. There were two parachute towers built on the residential property of James Strong, a Navy vet. He and Staley Switlik, a Polish immigrant, started the Safe Parachute Jumps Company. The Test Platoons trained here from 1940 to 1942. They were from Fort Bennington. I wonder if those who trained here were part of the "Band of Brothers" who trained in Toccoa, Ga?

[Vince, 03/24/2014]

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