Red Ball Express makes return trip
October 6, 2005
The most recent mission of the Red Ball Express should be on its way to Pearlington, Miss., today with goods to help hurricane victims.According to Darrell Nelson, the retired Coast Guard official who has been in charge of logistics for the Red Ball Express, this mission includes a 24-foot Ryder truck loaded with school supplies, knapsacks, survival gear, tools, cots, folding chairs, law enforcement equipment, letters from schoolchildren, and even a donated pallet of energy bars.The donations, Nelson said, are coming from all over the Roaring Fork Valley, from Rifle to Aspen.This is the fourth such shipment of supplies to Pearlington, which the communities of the Roaring Fork have adopted. Hurricane Katrina, which slammed into the coastal region on Aug. 29, basically destroyed Pearlington, along with many other towns along the coast. Within a week, Carbondale officials had contacted Pearlington and set in motion a rotating convoy of supply trucks called the Red Ball Express, named after a fabled trucking operation that supplied allied troops on the front lines during World War II.