John E. Nevola is a feature writer for Guns and Patriots. He is the author of The Last Jump, and his website is: www.thelastjump.
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  • The Last Jump: Chapter 61

    Bastogne, Belgium – December 18, 1944 “I always make it a rule to get there first with the most men.” Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) “Tailgate jump!  Currahee!” one of the paratroopers yelled as another lifted the four-by-four foot | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 60

    Bedford, Virginia – November 11, 1997 “A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.” Demosthenes (384 BC – 322 BC) J.P. Kilroy made a left turn at the | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 59

    Rheims, France – December 17, 1944 “Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.” Titus Maccius Plautus  (254 BC – 184 BC)   The major sat on the cold cobblestones in the dark alley.  | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 58

    Newport News, Virginia – October 31, 1944 “Whoever has trusted a woman has trusted deceivers.” Hesiod (c. 800 BC – c. 720 BC) Frightened, overwhelmed and encouraged by Nora Lee, Macie Vance reached out for Derek Edson in desperation and | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 57

    East Lake, Upper Peninsula, Michigan – August 31, 1997 “It is never too late to give up our prejudices.” Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) The rental car pulled slowly into the gravel driveway to the twisting sound of the | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 56

    Washington, D.C. – March 30, 1997 “In war there is never a chance for a second mistake.” Lamarchus (465 BC – 414 BC), quoted in Plutarch, Apothegms “Hello, this is Sky.” J.P. Kilroy froze in his steps.  He was whisking | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 55

    Zon, Holland – September 17, 1944 “The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.” Lieutenant General George S. Patton (1885 – 1945)   “There it is!”  First Lieutenant | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 54

    Newport News, Virginia – September 1, 1944 “The heart has its reason of which the mind knows nothing.” Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) Nora Lee stepped off the bus and into the inky black fumes that spewed from its exhaust | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 53

    Chilton Foliat, England – August 28, 1944 “My wounded are behind me and I will never pass them (in retreat) alive.” Major General Zachary Taylor (1784 – 1850) at Buena Vista, 22 Feb 1847 The paratrooper standing at parade-rest in | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 52

    “Duty is the sublimest word in the English language.” Robert E. Lee. (1807-1870)   The dining room at Kinkeads Brasserie was nearly empty during the lull hours between lunch and dinner.   Andrew stood alone near the entrance to the | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 51

    “There should be weeping at a man’s birth, not at his death.”Charles Louis de Secondat Montesquieu (1689 – 1755) June 6, 1944Dear Johnny, Earlier today we got the news that the invasion of Europe had begun. I can’t help but | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 50

    “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”Adam Smith (1732 – 1790) Having scaled the heights of Pointe-du-Hoc, the U.S. Army Rangers patrolled vigorously inland beyond the shell pocked and bunker laden area adjacent to the cliffs above the | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 49

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 48

    “We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.”Major General Nathaniel Green (1742 – 1786) Armed only with his .45, Jake Kilroy led his small band of paratroopers through a sunken lane between two immense hedgerows.  They moved quietly and stayed | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 47

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 46

    “One man with courage makes a majority.”Andrew Jackson (1767 – 1845) Johnny Kilroy dove out of the plane at a bad angle and knew he was in imminent danger of fouling his shroud lines.  The snapping impact of his parachute | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 43

    “The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.”Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) The official name of the pub was The Queen’s Bazaar but it didn’t take long for the cocky young Americans to corrupt the name to the Queen’s | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 42

    “Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to the vice of lying.”William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) “They arrived in Liverpool on the SS John Ericson at the end of October with some other Hundred and first artillery and engineer | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 41

    “Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in,continue firm and constant.” Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC) December 24, 1943Dear Yank, Thanks for your letter.  I was surprised at the return address.  I never thought that’s where | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 40

    “The pen is the tongue of the mind.”Horace, (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) (65 BC – 8 BC) Sergeant Harley Tidrick sat on his bunk in a Quonset hut in the town of Ivybridge, Devonshire, England.  He had just returned to his | Read More »