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Lafayette 101st Airborne veteran goes skydiving for the first time

A Lafayette veteran who spent time jumping out of planes to serve our country is now jumping out of a plane for fun.

Posted: Jul 4, 2020 11:17 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) -- A Lafayette veteran who spent time jumping out of planes to serve our country is now jumping out of a plane for fun. For the first time since serving in the military, 77-year-old Gary Foreman is trying skydiving.

"I was talking to my son one afternoon and I was kidding around with him and I said we ought to go skydiving, he said 'I'm ready,' so here we are," said Gary Foreman Sr.

Foreman served in the 101st Airborne Division from 1962 to 1965. His time in the military took him all over the United States. While he has dropped out of a total of 38 planes during his time serving, this is the first time he's doing it again after 55 years.

"Just the thrill and knowing that I can still get up there and do that," said Foreman.

"When Gary called to tell me he was going on this skydive, I definitely wanted to be there to witness that," said Gordon Husk, veteran, and friend of Foreman.

Last year, Husk served as Foreman's guardian during Indiana's Honor Flight, which gives veterans from all over the nation an opportunity to visit Washington D.C. for a day. Experiencing that trip is what sparked Foreman's urge to make new memories this year.

"That Indiana Honor Flight to Washington D.C. was the best experience I'd had in my lifetime, other than maybe having my children, but that was an experience I'll never forget," said Foreman.

"I get to do this with and for my dad, this is a memory that I'm going to have for the rest of my life," said Gary Foreman Jr., Foreman's son.

Foreman Jr. and his and daughter Brianna Foreman are happy to make these memories with their father and grandfather.

"Being an ex-101st Airborne, I mean that's pretty special," said Forman Jr. "He told me the stories of him jumping out of a plane and how scary it was, which doesn't make this any easier."

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