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How The Attack On Pearl Harbor Saved Steve from Jumping Out Of A Plane

Fred "Steve" Stevenson, a 96-year-old WWII air force vet, recalls how the attack on Pearl Harbor saved him from having to parachute out of a plane for an exhibition on the same day.

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"We practiced packing these special chutes and stuff and it was getting close to the time when the show was going to take place, when Pearl Harbor came along and saved me from jumping."

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December 7th, 1941, Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, where were you? How did you experience that world-changing day? - Packing parachutes and one day two lieutenants came into our parachute DL, and said we're having a day when were going to shut down the field and have a like a circus or so and he said that we needed somebody to jump a parachute you know for the exhibition, and he said they figured as long as we were packing chutes we ought to be able to get somebody to do it, so none of the aged guys who were packing parachutes opened their mouths so I thought I'd be smart and say well you gotta have special parachutes to jump exhibition and it has to be a larger chute than the regular chute and then a spare chute for emergencies and I says we don't have any of those kind of chutes and the lieutenant says if I get you one of those chutes will you jump so I was stuck. So I said okay, I'll do it. I didn't think they could get the chute in the first place and then a buddy of mine, he said well if you jump I'll jump with you, so they said well we'll get you two chutes and about two weeks later here come two big boxes and in them was the special chutes for us to jump. And so we practiced packing these special chutes and stuff and it was getting close to the time when the show was going to take place, when Pearl Harbor came along and saved me from jumping.