Does anyone have a complete issue of Yank 7/2/44 and can you check if it identifies the paratrooper on the cover?
Charlie Jump has been searching info on his cousin, Ernest Jump, who was a paratrooper in WW2. Frequently this photo shows up with no info. but he was finally able to link it to this issue of Yank magazine. A family story says his picture appeared in a magazine during the war.
Ernest (Johnny or Buzz, nick names) Jump (that’s his real family name, so he was destined to become a paratrooper…) was born in Rice Lake, WI. 2/1/1922 and died at Winthrop Harbor, IL. 10/1/1976. Using cryptic short local newspaper accounts, it appears he was in the National Guard at the start of the war and joined the 503 Parachute Infantry Regiment. The local newspaper says he jumped at Nadzab, New Guinea. When he returned home after the war, a short article says he spent 32 months in the war zone and made about 30 combat jumps his last on Corregidor. 30 seems a lot, but that is what the paper says. Family stories say he would volunteer and fought in both Europe and the Pacific. Those stories say he jumped on D-Day. Other than that, little is known and those who could fill in blanks are dead.
In September 2020, a reader sent me a link to a copy of this magazine on sale. It was outrageously expensive, but the description cleared up our question about who it was on the cover: it was Sgt. Joseph Goseme of 1st Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne getting on board of a C-47 on the evening of June 5th, 1944. I haven’t been able to find any further background information on Joseph Goseme, so if anyone knows more about him, please send me an e-mail.
After updating this post, the same reader brought to my attention that the identity of the paratrooper on the cover photo is apparently disputed. Mark Bando on his website Trigger Time explains that veterans told him that the trooper is T/4 Joseph F. Gorenc, ASN:16131251, of HQ/3, 506th PIR. Before D-Day, Joe worked in 3rd Bn S-3, doing training related functions like map making and constructing sand tables of the Drop Zone in cooperation with S-2. But…. after publishing this on his website, Mark Bando received further claims from other veterans and relatives also claiming to know for sure it was their buddy or relative in that famous photo. The names are listed here: https://www.101airborneww2.com/warstories4.html. I guess we’ll never know for sure.