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Bonds of Rescue | News 10
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Bonds of Rescue | News 10

The decisions they made to achieve their dreams put them on a path to pass in battle and later share the “Bonds of Rescue.”

Mike Parisi’s journey to the 82nd Airborne started in Amsterdam, “What I wanted to be was a paratrooper and that’s what I became.” In Amsterdam he tells us, “Everybody knows each other, you walk down the block, you know who everybody is, it’s a great place to live.”

The dangers of war were everywhere. “My first impression was the gunpowder,” Parisi remembers of landing at the airport in Grenada, “the smell of gunpowder, so this was an active battle space.” Dr. Ianniello was hiding in his room, “I remember hearing the sounds, and looking up and seeing red tracer bullets flying through the campus and I jumped on the floor and I remember thinking this is nothing like the movies. Approximately 5 hours into that battle a U.S. Army Ranger, this was like the movies, kicked in the door and said “U.S. Ranger, we’re here to take you home” and that was a great moment.” To this day, Dr. Ianniello feels a deep debt of gratitude to the U.S. military. Parisi says, “These were just kids, kids getting caught in the crossfire, something they didn’t realize what was happening, and we got them back home.”

Source: Bonds of Rescue | News 10