World War II paratrooper, 95, to jump with Army’s Golden Knights

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PERRIS (CNS) - A 95-year-old former U.S. Army paratrooper who fought in World War II will make what may be his final parachute jump tomorrow at the side of the Army's famed Golden Knights airborne team in Perris. Vincent J. Speranza of Illinois is slated to make the tandem drop with the Knights between 10 a.m. and noon in the skies over Perris Valley Airport. ``It will be a great pleasure to jump again with the finest parachutists in the world,'' Speranza said. The WWII veteran hasn't made a jump in years, though, for more than three decades, he was active in commemorative skydives in his native New York, event organizer C.J. Machado told City News Service. The elite Golden Knights, now in existence for 60 years, are in Southern California on a recruitment drive for the Army, and Spera
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