“Willy Did Makeit” – A Siamese Fighting Fish makes Parachute Jump
Willy Makeit, now with a new middle name Willy DID Makeit- is a Siamese fighting fish that belongs to Spc. Matthew Tattersall, 23, of the 2nd Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
Tattersall wanted to do something to celebrate his upcoming discharge from the military- so he took Willy on a jump with him. When the pair landed after the jump, Tattersall took a selfie, which went viral…and the U.S. Army wasn’t very happy, even if it did get 15,000 likes.
The Army Times wrote,
Tattersall, an infantryman with a deployment to Afghanistan, joined the Army in 2011, shipping to basic training in January 2012. He will complete his enlistment on May 20.
To mark his last jump April 11, Tattersall decided to bring his fish, “Willy MakeIt”, along for the ride.
“It was a daytime combat jump, but with me being so close to getting out, I didn’t have any gear, so it was a Hollywood jump for me,” Tattersall said shortly after the jump.
Tattersall poked some holes in a partially filled water bottle (so Willy could breathe) and poured the fish (whom he had just purchased the night before at WalMart) into it. He did not tell anyone what he was planning, and kept Willy carefully stowed in his clothing. When they landed, he took a quick selfie. Of course, his superiors found out about it.
The punishment for jumping with a fish
Willy’s owner was required to write a 1000 word essay on parachuting safety and professionalism, and has received 12 days of extra duty before he can leave the military. He could also be bumped to an E-3 if he breaks any more Army regulations before his discharge.
He will now spend his evenings and weekends through May 9 doing things like cleaning, and moving boxes. He will begin his transition to leave on May 20, and already has a job lined up that starts the 28th. He is fully aware that his actions were against regulations and could have compromised safety. He says he has no regrets, and the punishment appears to fit the action for a young man who is proud of his service.
“I’m just relieved I’ll be able to go home on the 21st. That’s really all I was worried about in the first place…”
“I have big hopes and big plans for the future. I’m proud to be a paratrooper. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”
Well, he might want to ask Willy about that statement.