Purple Star - 10 Years On

#1
Just thinking the other day, it's ten years since the big night jump on Ex Purple Star at Fort Bragg in '96. Bit of a nighmare jump really, had a GMPG SF Tripod, my container weighed a tonne! Anybody else out there on it?

Cpl Gunner Retired!
 
#2
Yes mate I was there attached to I Para. Fond memories of Cherry Point and the honey sucker.

I will raise your SF tripod with a 320 complete and LP7s + spyglass......
 
#3
Whats this I heard about 1Para, scab lifters and a soggy biscuit competition??
 
#4
Ahh, yes! Exercise Purple Pants!
Was there with CLR. My truck broke. Got eaten by the biggest bugs ever. Went on too CAX96 at 29 Palms afterwards. Nice! MMFA! More bugs. Royal are a bunch of double standard feckwits.

SK
 
#5
Yes it was pretty pants alright. A few days in Washington DC and a trip to Myrtle Beach on the piss made up for it.

Cpl Gunner Retired!
 
#6
Managed to land on a big piece of shrapnel just off the DZ, tearing a gash in my leg. Quizzed yank safety officer about application form for a purple heart.
He said "We don't give medals away for nothing buddy".
 
#9
civvygit said:
Managed to land on a big piece of shrapnel just off the DZ, tearing a gash in my leg.
There was numerous off landings especially the blokes on the plane that did a sharp banking manouvre whilst disgorging troops, apparentley the pilot trapped a nerve in his neck.....

2 of the blokes where reunited a day later after solving a command task of being suspended by T10s 20ft up a tree.
 
#10
One of our guys knocked himself out on landing. When he came round someone had been through his kit and nicked his CWS, I suppose it was dark!

Cpl Gunner Retired!
 
#11
Harry_Webster said:
Yes mate I was there attached to I Para. Fond memories of Cherry Point and the honey sucker.

I will raise your SF tripod with a 320 complete and LP7s + spyglass......
And I'll raise your 320, LP7's and spyglass with 400 Marlboro Lights, 100g of Golden Virginia, a dog eared copy of Escort Reader's Wives Christmas Special 1995 and a stolen pair of Rayban Aviators.
 
#12
Exercise Purple Star, Ft. Bragg, NC........I was there! I am an ex 1 Royal Anglian who was attached to the Gurkha regiment! 1996 was an eventful year, I did Purple Star, & then I went to NI in November!
 
#14
Yep, lots of waiting on an airfield in North Carolina before the night jump where a 9 Sqn guy whistled in.
 
#15
Was on the Cumberland on puckered star. One night was having a tab on the stbd waist and saw what appeared to be a firework display just on the horizon. Turned out to be 2 seaknights (I think) flying on nvg's that stuffed into each other. 19 died I think.
 
#16
I was being puked on in the back of a Herc at the time of that crash. Put me off Gurkha curry for life.

In for the TALO, run out giving it the big one for about 15 mins (they were comical chaotic affairs).
Airfield secure and I am trying to get comms back to Cherry Point but no fecker on the other end. After much questioning of my trade skills and rather aggressive shouting by
top brass on the ground and his extra tough RSM type, some junior rupert gets his mobile out and calls HQ.

After word of the mid air collision came through, a 12 hour suspension of ops was called, so in true REMF tradition, they had all stood down. Off down the battle cruiser no
doubt. I am still waiting for the apology 'Sir!

Was on the ground for the big drop. It was mental to say the least, some genuine spin chilling screams going on. All over the shop. Complete confusion.
It was like a happy hardcore rave, with all the different glow sticks. Some very lost soles that night.
Felt like I met a tom from every unit that night - all looking for their mates. Chaos.

Happy Days!
 
#17
Was there with the Hairy Arm Corps based out of USMC Bogue Airfield, embarrassingly close to the popular beach resort Emerald Isle. For some reason we thought going to a Tequila Bar the night before the main exercise would be a wizard idea - turned out it wasn't and I ended up blowing chunks somewhere near Fayetteville en route to Bragg.

Next evening we'd set up on the edge of the DZ, waiting for the biggest airborne drop since WWII, when a North Carolina State Trooper pulled up and came across to chew the fat - think Rosco P Coltrane. He was so disgusted with the brew we offered him he got on the radio and 15 minutes later one of his colleagues turned up with freshly brewed coffee and donuts. In return we listened to his (probably fictional) 'nam war stories, showed him around the CP and briefed him on the Purple Star battle plan. All very jovial - he gave us a load of State Trooper gizzits normally handed to kids and we gave him a couple of bags of butterscotch sauce and dumplings after telling him it was the most popular dish in England. As he left, he asked us why we'd positioned the CP where it was, slightly higher ground for the radios we told him, to which he told us it was called Rattler Hill for a reason and to watch where we step. The c**t.
 
#18
Clucking bell! This resurrected thread should be re-titled Puckered Star - 20 years on.

FWIW I was also there, on board HMS Cumberland with @supermatelot.
 
#19
Was there with the Hairy Arm Corps based out of USMC Bogue Airfield, embarrassingly close to the popular beach resort Emerald Isle. For some reason we thought going to a Tequila Bar the night before the main exercise would be a wizard idea - turned out it wasn't and I ended up blowing chunks somewhere near Fayetteville en route to Bragg.

Next evening we'd set up on the edge of the DZ, waiting for the biggest airborne drop since WWII, when a North Carolina State Trooper pulled up and came across to chew the fat - think Rosco P Coltrane. He was so disgusted with the brew we offered him he got on the radio and 15 minutes later one of his colleagues turned up with freshly brewed coffee and donuts. In return we listened to his (probably fictional) 'nam war stories, showed him around the CP and briefed him on the Purple Star battle plan. All very jovial - he gave us a load of State Trooper gizzits normally handed to kids and we gave him a couple of bags of butterscotch sauce and dumplings after telling him it was the most popular dish in England. As he left, he asked us why we'd positioned the CP where it was, slightly higher ground for the radios we told him, to which he told us it was called Rattler Hill for a reason and to watch where we step. The c**t.
I was at Bogue with the mighty Tenth of Wheel. Got warned for a Bosnia tour halfway through - happy days!
 
#20
Clucking bell! This resurrected thread should be re-titled Puckered Star - 20 years on.

FWIW I was also there, on board HMS Cumberland with @supermatelot.
Thread necromancy!

Yeah - Tim Lawrence was a right cock!
 
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