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He Jumped Out Of A Plane To Save Lives In This Uniform

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

There was only one combat paratrooper drop during the entirety of the Vietnam War during Operation Junction City which occurred in the vicinity of Katum on February 22, 1967 by the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade of which Col. Einar Himma was a member of. Col. Himma was part of the US Army Rangers and was at one point the head Green Berets physician. Himma served 2 tours of Vietnam as a physician and surgeon. Himma was part of the 1970 Fort Bragg incident where Jeffery MacDonald was accused of killing his wife and 2 children where Himma took hair samples as evidence from MacDonald. He had been awarded the Parachutist Badge of the Imperial Iranian Army, Parachutist Badge of the Army of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Legion of Merit to name a few.

Donley Auctions is honored to sustain Col. Himma's legacy and present his named Paratrooper Uniform from that famous 1967 Vietnam jump available in our American Victory Auction September 18 & 19, 2021, live in our Union, IL showroom and online at


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