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 - died in maneuvers FORT IRWIN, Calif. (AP) —...
died in maneuvers FORT IRWIN, Calif. (AP) — Four Army paratroopers were killed and at:least 24 were injured Tuesday when they jumped through'gusty desert winds in a test of the Rapid Deployment Force. About 2,300 soldiers participated in the jump, one of the largest-ever parachute exercises in the United States. The jump was part of a test of the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force in the month- long Gallant Eagle 2 military exercise. Icy wind blew at up to 40 mph across the desolate sand of the Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin less than an hour before soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division were due to jump. But as C-141 jet transports flew over at 6:05 a.m., the wind dropped below the 15 mph safety level used by the Army in peacetime, said Lt. Gen. Robert C. Kingston, commander of the task force. The wind may have played a part in one death, said Kingston. "One soldier apparently was dragged," he said. Parachute malfunctions were blamed for two of the deaths. In one, a chute did not open fully but went out in what paratroops call a "streamer," with the fabric slipping straight out above the jumper. Some reporters and photographers could see the man trying to use his reserve parachute, but it tangled. Details of the other parachute malfunction were not available. The fourth fatality occurred when a trooper landed on a heavy piece of equipment that had just been dropped by parachute. All the dead soldiers were from the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C. ELECT JAMES B. INDIVIDUAL

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 31 Mar 1982, Wed,
  3. Page 7

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