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Veteran celebrates 90th birthday by skydiving

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U.S. Army veteran Joseph Dale Jaramillo proved that you're never too old to fulfill a dream.

On his 90th birthday, Jaramillo jumped from a plane at 14,000 feet on Saturday in Erda, Utah.

Jaramillo said that when he had served as an Army private first class in the Korean War, he wanted to enlist in the Army's 101st Airborne and jump from planes.

PHOTO: Veteran Joseph Dale Jaramillo went skydiving on June 19 to celebrate his 90th birthday. (Skydive Utah)
PHOTO: Veteran Joseph Dale Jaramillo went skydiving on June 19 to celebrate his 90th birthday. (Skydive Utah)

He said he didn't make the cut due to his weight.

"I signed up for the 101st Airborne. I only weighed 128 pounds. I had to weigh 140 pounds," said Jaramillo.

PHOTO: Veteran Joseph Dale Jaramillo pictured skydiving in Tooele County, Utah, on June 19.  (Skydive Utah)
PHOTO: Veteran Joseph Dale Jaramillo pictured skydiving in Tooele County, Utah, on June 19. (Skydive Utah)

Jaramillo would go on to serve for five years with the 1st Cavalry Division. He earned a Purple Heart after he was hit in the arm with shrapnel while helping save five fellow servicemen from a foxhole, his family said.

Even after the war had ended, he said he always envied the 101st Airborne and decided that it was time to do something about it.

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"I'm so excited to jump," Jaramillo said from the plane. "I'm going to holler all the way."

Equipped with a professional skydiver and his family's support, Jaramillo finally took the leap.

PHOTO: Veteran Joseph Dale Jaramillo spoke with 'World News Tonight' on June 22.  (ABC)
PHOTO: Veteran Joseph Dale Jaramillo spoke with 'World News Tonight' on June 22. (ABC)

He told "World News Tonight" on Tuesday that he had waited 70 years for that moment and would happily do it all over again.

"I've been thinking about diving out of a plane all these years ... and finally I got it over with!" said Jaramillo. "It was so peaceful."

Veteran celebrates 90th birthday by skydiving originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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