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Kathleen B. ”3 By his senior year, Bilich was working full time at the bakery. “I was working five nights a week, eleven that night to seven in the morning, punching the clock, walking a block home, having a bite to eat, catch the street car and go to school. I would usually get there about 8:00 or 8:15. My first class was a quarter to nine. The last year I would go to class from about nine o’clock to about two, come home, do homework, take a little nap, and then go back to work. ”4 Bilich and his brothers were friends with some of the older guys in the neighborhood.
We proceeded to train as an artillery unit, while some, with the help of the Rock Island Arsenal personnel, devised means to package the several pieces of the howitzer to be dropped from six pods, under the belly of a C-47, and kicked out the door. ”52 In June of 1942, a cadre of commissioned and non-commissioned officers from the Airborne Command, the 503rd PIB, the 502nd PIR, and the 504th PIR were formed to begin the formation and training of a new parachute infantry regiment. Most of the NCOs and officers from the Airborne Command would transfer out as new units formed, while most of the others would remain with the regiment.
2 Newly arrived lieutenants with prior military duty as an officer were usually assigned as platoon leaders, while those without prior experience or with less seniority as an officer were assigned as assistant platoon leaders. When Captain Walter F. Winton, Jr. ”3 As the military records of the newly assigned officers and enlisted men arrived, the cadre reviewed them for those with needed skills. Some had graduated from the army’s demolition or communications schools. The cadre sought many other skills acquired primarily in civilian life, such as typing, clerical, industrial sewing, photography, mechanical or topographic drawing, telephone switchboard and line operations, and foreign language skills (especially German and Italian).