A 96-year-old World War II veteran celebrated his birthday in style this week.
Delton Walling didn’t want to spend what he considers one of his few remaining birthdays sitting at home and eating cake.
Instead, he asked to go skydiving.
Walling said this would be the last time he would try something crazy like skydiving, but said it was worth the risk.
“Every time you do something like this it makes you feel pretty good,” he said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
With no more skydives on the horizon, the World War II vet will now spend his time traveling the country and delivering motivational speeches regarding his experiences during that terrible but necessary war.
According to the Department of Defense media outlet, the Navy veteran attended in person in Hawaii the most recent Dec. 7 anniversary of the devastating Pearl Harbor attack that he managed to survive in 1941, and his overarching message was crystal clear: Never forget the attack on Pearl Harbor and the men and women who died that fateful day, as well as throughout the subsequent years of the war.
“I saw it all,” Walling stated, recalling that he had been “180 feet in the air” in the communications tower of the USS Pennsylvania when the surprise attack by Japanese forces began,. “Do not ever forget Pearl Harbor and the kids that fought the war in the Pacific.”
According to Walling, he was only 19 when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
Walling certainly is a bad ass veteran. I could only dream of having the stamina to go skydiving when I am 96.
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