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Medal of Honor Winners
The Free Fall Research Page knows of three Medal of Honor winners who survived long falls either before or after they won the Medal of Honor.

  • Jimmy Hendrix (no, not that Jimmy Hendrix) - Hendrix won the Medal of Honor as an Army private in an armored infantry battalion fighting in Belgium in December of 1944. After the war Hendrix survived a fall with a failed parachute in 1948 or 1949 during a training jump at Fort Benning, Georgia. See Hendrix's Medal of Honor citation.

  • George Day Day was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese. In 1957 (prior to his Medal of Honor award) Day ejected from a disabled F-84 jet at low altitude. His parachute streamed but did not open. He fell into the crown of a thirty-foot pine tree and his parachute caught in the branches. He came down in soft needles below. See Day's Medal of Honor citation.

  • Jack Lucas - Lucas won the Medal of Honor as a Marine in World War II when he saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers by covering two grenades with his body during the battle of Iwo Jima. He survived the subsequent explosion with serious injuries, but eventually recovered. Later as an Army paratrooper in the early 1960s Lucas survived a jump in which both of his parachutes failed. See Lucas' Medal of Honor citation

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