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Camp Raffalli, Calvi

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In Algeria legionnaires were interred locally.
In El Kreider we had one Legionnaire disinterred and shipped to Italy, apparently his parents were rich and influential people.
In 1964 there was a Dutch Marine Father invited by the Legion after a story came out how he had won a trip and had chosen Algeria to visit the grave of his son.
The Dutch amicale facilitated the trip and invitation to Camerone with the Legion. I became his interpreter during his stay in Aubagne.
 
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Does legionaires burial goes according to his cultural or religious ritual or same as everyone ?
 

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The remains of Prince Aage were selected as the representation of the foreign officers in the Foreign Legion. His remains now lie next to those of Général Paul-Frédéric Rollet (known as the Father of the Legion) and Légionnaire Zimmermann in the town of Puyloubier, France.
In Case anyone was wondering why Légionnaire Zimmermann was chosen, it was because he was the last legionnaire to be killed in Algeria.
 

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Does legionaires burial goes according to his cultural or religious ritual or same as everyone ?
No. Quite simply because, I know for a fact, that certain Muslim traditions require that the person be buried before the the sun sets, and their are other religions that require that the person be cremated after three days.
However, you will be buried, or cremated according to your religion and the presiding religious authority will be of your religion whenever possible. Your tomb will also reflect it, a star of David instead of a cross and so forth.
 

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This is every paratroopers nightmare. Getting caught up when two parachutes start sucking air. I was fortunate it never happened to me personally. I saw it on more than one occasion in the air...terrifying seeing the drop.
 

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No. Quite simply because, I know for a fact, that certain Muslim traditions require that the person be buried before the the sun sets, and their are other religions that require that the person be cremated after three days.
Well i dont belong to any sect like this rules. But a İmam can pray for me while i was getting buried right ?
 

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Does legionaires burial goes according to his cultural or religious ritual or same as everyone ?
At least not in my time. those who committed suicide were interred without any ceremony, those who died in combat with military honors.
 

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Somalia/Ethiopia December 1992-February 1993. 3Cie 2REP flew in from neighbouring Djibouti. We were on company tour at the time (Arta).
 

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This is every paratroopers nightmare. Getting caught up when two parachutes start sucking air. I was fortunate it never happened to me personally. I saw it on more than one occasion in the air...terrifying seeing the drop.
Never happened to me either, but I did see a number of incidents in Headcorn (Kent UK) in the early 70's (pre Legion) where I got my BPA ticket. On static using "Double Ls" there was rarely a problem, but using the more advanced TU canopy, "roman candles" (as they were called then) were not that unusual.
Capewells were not 100% at that time, and coming down on a reserve with the main chute still flapping around and trying to deploy is definitely a sight to behold.
 

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Never happened to me either, but I did see a number of incidents in Headcorn (Kent UK) in the early 70's (pre Legion) where I got my BPA ticket. On static using "Double Ls" there was rarely a problem, but using the more advanced TU canopy, "roman candles" (as they were called then) were not that unusual.
Capewells were not 100% at that time, and coming down on a reserve with the main chute still flapping around and trying to deploy is definitely a sight to behold.
Think the thought of a Roman candle just got your mind focused that little bit more, did a dentist attached to the Legion not plow in? Just can’t imagine being wrapped up like a kipper in 2x chute’s
 

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Think the thought of a Roman candle just got your mind focused that little bit more, did a dentist attached to the Legion not plow in? Just can’t imagine being wrapped up like a kipper in 2x chute’s
That was in civie days Pap. 4 up out of a Cessna.
5 statics from 2000ft (from memory) then you were on your own. 2 x 5 secs then 2 x 10 secs stamped in your book then do as you want pretty much as long as you could pay the pilot whatever he wanted to get you up.
Didn't pack your own gear either so you were at the mercy of a lucky dip more or less.
We used to spend weekends down there sleeping in wooden huts waiting endlessly for a green light on the cloud base and wind speed. The "fancy London crowd" seemed to pay more attention to posing and looking good in their Yves St Laurent styled jumpsuits than safety to be honest.
The DZ was a small field stuck between a small wooded area and the main car park. Not a lot of room for error, and those LLs didn't steer very well. Drama of one sort or another was pretty much guaranteed, but I never saw a fatality.
As I said, the Capewells were a bit hit and miss then (or the harnesses was cr@p). Perhaps one worked, perhaps both worked, perhaps neither worked - but what the f@ck are you going to do dropping like a stone at 1000ft with both arms in the air frantically tying to untwist suspension lines? Not a lot of choice - throw everything out that's hanging on your belly as far as you can and hope for the best !
 

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did a dentist attached to the Legion not plow in?
That rings a bell somewhere - but after all this time I'm beginning to doubt myself. What year (about)?

And what year did that REP Transall go down killing everybody? '81 - 82?
 
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