Paratrooper Leaving Army Does One Last Jump With Pet Fish

An Army paratrooper commemorates his end of his time on active duty by jumping with his pet Siamese fighting fish … Continued

Paratrooper Leaving Army Does One Last Jump With Pet Fish

An Army paratrooper commemorates his end of his time on active duty by jumping with his pet Siamese fighting fish named Willy MakeIt. For the jump, Spc. Matthew Tattersall, who is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, received a company-grade Article 15 and will serve 12 additional days before ending active service and retiring his uniform.

“The way I see it, if you do the crime, you'd better be willing to do the time,” Tattersall said. “They certainly, if they absolutely wanted to, the punishment could have been far worse, so I'm not upset about anything. I understand that there were going to be consequences for it.”

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