"The All American Paratrooper is the greatest Soldier alive.
1962. We went into Mississippi - the entire Division - to protect James Meredith when he integrated into the University of Mississippi. When it was all over they asked President Kennedy: 'Sir, why did you have to send the 82nd Airborne Division to get one man into college?' He said 'This is an important job. When you want your job done right you send your best. The best this country has is the 82nd Airborne Division.' I was there. That was the day I made Sergeant Major.
I still say to this day there ain't no Division that comes close. Trust me, I know all the others. I know how they train. I know what they do. I been watchin'.
Leadership principles. Leadership plans. PT. Hard training. They just do all that stuff better. Always have.
When I met President Trump I said 'Sir, I am Command Sergeant Major Rock Merritt and I represent the 82nd Airborne Division. Sooner or later, in all probability, you will need the 82nd Airborne Division. They will be ready.' He shook my hand and said 'Thanks, Rock. I know they will be.'"
Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Kenneth "Rock" Merritt, 1942 - 1977. Rock jumped into Normandy and secured Hill 131 on D-Day and then jumped into Nijmegen and went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. He would go on to serve in Operation Power Pack and the Vietnam War. In July 1944, General Ridgway presented Rock Merritt with a Silver Star for valor earned while fighting near La Cuiroterie, France.
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