Ohio man, 87, skydives to aid sick great-grandson

Sunday, May 26, 2013
World War II veteran skydives to aid great-grandson

This photo provided by Skydive Warren County, Inc. shows Clarence Turner, an 87-year-old World War II veteran who parachuted into Japan, right, celebrating with instructor Jeff McGinnis after they parachuted in tandem at the Red Stewart Airfield near Waynesville, Ohio, Saturday, May 25, 2013. Turner made the jump to generate attention for the plight of his 10-month-old great-grandson, Julian Couch, who suffers from a lung disease. (AP Photo/Skydive Warren County, Inc., Elod Otbos) (AP Photo)

An 87-year-old World War II veteran has parachuted from a plane in an Ohio to support his ailing great-grandson.

Clarence Turner of Fairfield made the jump Saturday with an instructor. He says he wanted to generate attention for the plight of 10-month-old Julian Couch, who suffers from a lung disease that could require a transplant.

WLWT of Cincinnati reports that Julian is hospitalized in Columbus. A fundraiser is planned for June 2.

Turner also made a jump at age 85 to fulfill a goal to experience freefalling and landing as he did in the Army. He served from 1944-47, and his last jump was in Japan.

Turner says he also hopes to someday make a parachute jump at an older age than former President George H.W. Bush, who's 88.

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