December 29, 2014

HW Day 4: Filthy 13

Jake McNeice, a member of the Filthy 13, during a reenactment at WWII Days in Reading, PA. Mr McNeice’s grandson is standing behind him.  June 2010.

The Filthy Thirteen is more formally known as 1st Demolition Section of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. They were a skilled group, but not always the most disciplined of soldiers. Most notable among their group was James “Jake” McNiece. Mohawks and face paint became the signatures of the 13, under the suggestion of McNiece, who was part Choctaw.

Their involvement in the war started on D-Day, June 6, 1944, when they parachuted behind German lines just ahead of the invasion of Normandy. Under the direction of McNiece, their goal was to destroy Nazi supply lines and escape routes. Some called it a suicide mission. During their 36-day mission, they destroyed 2 bridges and took control of a 3rd, but in doing so, lost 16 of his men.

McNiece specifically went on to do 3 more jumps behind enemy lines, a very rare feat, including Eindhoven, Holland where he fought for 78 days. He then volunteered for a top-secret group called the Pathfinders who lost 80% of its men during missions. And he led paratroopers at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

These men know as the Filthy Thirteen derived their name from the fact that they only showered and shaved once a week and rarely laundered their clothes.

Workout: Team style workout using Alpha and Bravo
1 mile run
8 x 20 calisthenics with team
Walking group bar lunge around Bldg 7
8 x 20+ weighted exercises
200 m lid push with team

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