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A Korean War veteran who received a Purple Heart fulfilled a lifelong dream on Saturday by doing his first skydive on his 90th birthday.
“I’m so excited to jump,” Joseph Dale Jaramillo told Salt Lake City FOX 13 as he watched others land from their skydives at Skydive Utah out of town.
Jaramillo said he wanted to join the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, but at the time he did not weigh enough.
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Even so, he proudly fought abroad and even saved an injured man.
“I could barely move my arm,” said Jaramillo of the injury that led to his purple heart. “Even so, I still saved a guy.”
“I’ll be screaming all the way down,” he laughed at the 14,000-foot jump ahead as he put on his suit and got on the plane.
Jaramillo raised his thumb on landing and promised that he would try again on his 95th birthday.
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“I want to do it all over again!” he exclaimed excitedly with a smile.
According to FOX 13, Skydive Utah says there is roughly one customer over 80 who wants to jump every week.
Earlier this year, a veteran World War II pilot made his first skydive in Arizona on his 100th birthday, according to People Magazine.