Why did Army paratroopers during World War II shout “Geronimo” when they jumped?

Why did Army paratroopers during World War II shout “Geronimo” when they jumped?

Joe Riley
St. Paul, Minnesota

It’s said to have started at Fort Benning, Georgia during the war. The troopers had just seen a Western movie about Geronimo. During maneuvers, they began calling each other by that name and it carried over to the jump.

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.