Published May 27, 2013
WAYNESVILLE, Ohio – An 87-year-old World War II veteran has parachuted from a plane in an effort to support his ailing great-grandson.
Clarence Turner of Fairfield in southwest Ohio made the jump Saturday in tandem with an instructor. He says he wanted to generate attention for the plight of his great-grandson, suffering from a lung disease at age 10 months that could require a transplant.
WLWT of Cincinnati reports that the child, Julian Couch, is hospitalized in Columbus and his family faces mounting medical bills. A fundraising event is planned June 2.
Turner also made a jump at age 85, one he made to fulfill a goal to experience again freefalling and landing as he did in the Army. He says he served from 1944-'47, with his last jump made in Japan.