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About Roll Call

Roll Call seeks to honor all who have voluntarily served in the United States Army airborne and special operations forces since 1940 and to perpetuate their heritage, traditions, spirit and values. Service and post-service information of active-duty soldiers and veterans is recorded in a searchable database resident on the Internet. Development of the database has been made possible by John E. Hughes, a veteran of the13th Airborne Division and the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, 1945-46.

Mr. Hughes is a C.P.A., entrepreneur and philanthropist. He believes that voluntary service in these particular Armed Forces of the United States, whether as a career or for the short term, is a transforming experience, instilling in those who serve an abiding understanding of the power of individual initiative in American life and the value of team work, cooperation, selfless service, independence and freedom. Development of Roll Call was funded by major grants from the John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation and The Coleman Foundation (est. 1951 by J.D. Stetson (Col. U.S.M.C WWII) and D.W.Coleman), both grants at the direction of John Hughes.