para·​res·​cue ˈper-ə-ˌre-(ˌ)skyü How to pronounce pararescue (audio)
often attributive
: a search and rescue mission by specially trained personnel who can parachute to the site
a pararescue team
pararescueman noun
pararescuer noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web G Pave Hawk helicopter and a 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II -- a large tanker -- with pararescue personnel on board. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 This year’s honoree was William H. Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescue medic from Ohio who was dropped into a Vietnamese jungle on April 11, 1966, to help an Army unit pinned down by enemy fire. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2021 G Pave Hawk helicopter, a 212th Rescue Squadron pararescue team and a 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II, according to the Alaska Air National Guard. Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2021 The aircrew from the 210th Rescue Squadron, as well as pararescue personnel from the 212th Rescue Squadron, left Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in an HH-60 Pave Hawk at 1:03 a.m. Saturday. Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2021 Casualties would’ve been much higher that day without William H. Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force pararescue medic who saved more than 60 men in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. Matt Wake |, al, 25 Feb. 2020 Think of pararescue operators who leap out of aircraft or tactical controllers who call in close air support. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 12 Feb. 2019 If a mission goes according to plan, an Air Force pararescue airman doesn't have much to do. Noah Davis, Popular Mechanics, 23 Oct. 2015 It had even dangled in a rucksack from the feet of an Air Force pararescue member during a training jump. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pararescue was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Pararescue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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