14 YEAR OLD JIMMY CLARK MADE SIX PARACHUTE JUMPS; WON’T LAND IN 5TH GRADE

McKEESPORT, PA., November 21, 1944—(ANS).—Fourteen-year-old Jimmy Clark, honorably discharged as he was about to go overseas with a paratroop contingent, won’t have to go back to the fifth grade schoolroom he left to join the Army.



An airborne recruit prepares for a practice jump.

An airborne recruit prepares for a practice parachute jump.

Jimmy spent 11 months in the Army and was at the embarkation point waiting to be shipped overseas when officers learned he was only 14. He made his six training jumps after volunteering for the paratroops, “So I could double my allotment to mother.”

When he came home, it looked as if he would have to return to public school since state law requires that children under 16 attend school. The American Legion came to his rescue, however, and now Jimmy is headed for a vocational trade school to be an automobile mechanic. Harry Goldberg, Legionnaire and re-employment counselor of the draft board through which Jimmy was inducted, explained:

“We went to bat for him under the GI bill of rights. Through the Veterans’ Administration we arranged to have him enrolled in a trade school and he’ll be entitled to 23 months training and be paid $50 a month.”

Jimmy intends to join the Army again when he becomes 18.



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