member of 1960 US Parachute Team; physical therapist at Womack
Army Hosipital, graduate of East Tennessee State College, more
than 100 jumps.
1959: first female to make a freefall jump as a member of the
First woman participate of a baton pass January 1960 with Loy
Brydon and Harry Arter: Her account of the jump
"Seconds later, I glanced at my altimeter. It indicated 6,500
feet. As I looked up from my altimeter I saw Loy coming in toward
me from my left and wondered where Harry was. Loy was just a little
above me and inching toward me slowly. I had never been so close
to another jumper in the air before, and seeing Loy at close range
it reminded me of Superman on TV. Loy then disappeared over me.
"Seconds later I saw him coming in again from my left. He
was still a little above me, coming in slowly. Suddenly I felt
someone grab my ankle. Loy was over me reaching with his left
hand for the baton and holding onto me with his right hand. I
extended my left hand and arm back and thought I was going to
get all out of kilter and lose control. Loy grabbed the baton
and disappeared. I was still stablized on the soft cushion of
air and was so excited about passing the baton to Loy that I screamed
out loud, "We did it, we did it!" I could hardly believe
we had actually done it. I had been falling for 35 seconds and
my altimeter showed 3,000 feet. Time to pull the ripcord and ride
to earth under an open canopy."