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Posted on: February 22, 2021

WWII Paratrooper Jim “Pee Wee” Martin’s 100th Birthday Jump Fest



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News Release                                                            Event Public Relations, CJ Machado               

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                  

February 22, 2021                                                      (858) 735-8487


WWII Paratrooper Jim “Pee Wee” Martin’s 100th Birthday Jump Fest

Mass parachute drop to celebrate “Screaming Eagle” turning 100! 


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Description automatically generatedXENIA, OHIO – W&R Vets to host the largest birthday tribute of 2021 to celebrate WWII paratrooper Jim “Pee Wee” Martin’s 100th Birthday.  The event will be at Skydive Greene County on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Two historic aircraft will fly over with a mass parachute drop to honor Martin, a paratrooper who jumped on D-Day as part of the 101st Airborne Division. The aircraft participating, C-47 That’s All Brother and C-53 D-Day Doll are owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Both aircraft flew missions on D-Day and have been restored and preserved to represent their role in the Allied invasion of Normandy.  


Along with WWII demonstration teams, the U.S. Army 101st, 82nd Airborne Divisions and Golden Knights are expected to participate.  

Jim “Pee Wee” Martin, a Toccoa original, was a member of the “Screaming Eagle” division, some of the first Allied soldiers to set foot into occupied France.  Martin was given the nickname “Pee Wee” during training for his small stature. He served with G Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 101st Airborne Division. In addition to parachuting into Normandy, Martin also participated in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.   

Pee Wee’s 100th Birthday Jump Fest will serve as a tribute to all members of the hailed Screaming Eagles, for their role as liberators of Europe and freeing citizens from Nazi Germany’s control.

Remaining Screaming Eagles, Bob Izumi (97), Tom Rice (99), Dan McBride (97), Dick Klein (98), and Vincent J. Speranza (96), will be in attendance to celebrate.                                              



The host, W&R Vets is a veteran-owned, nonprofit organization based in New Orleans, with a mission to support all U.S. veterans through events and financial support.  “This may be the last time this group of Screaming Eagles will be together. We want to honor them while they’re still with us,” stated Dave Krasner, Founder and CEO of W&R Vets. 

This event is free and open to the public. All attendees must comply with the event’s COVID protocols. Those wanting to send Pee Wee birthday greetings can purchase an ecard at Sponsorship and VIP packages for the event are available and donations are welcome at  All proceeds will support Pee Wee’s 100th Birthday Jump Fest. Find more information about the event and W&R Vets at or follow on Facebook at or search by #JUMPFEST  #JUMPFEST100   #PEEWEE100  #PeeWee100JumpFest.

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(Jim “Pee Wee” Martin’s last jump at 99 years old with Tandem Jump Master Art Shaffer of Round Canopy Parachuting Team. – USA, Operation Black Cat IV) 


What: Jim “Pee Wee” Martin’s 100th Birthday Jump Fest

Where: Skydive Greene County, 177 S. Monroe Siding Rd., Xenia, Ohio, 45385

When: Saturday, April 24, 2021, 11:00 am-7:00 pm (fireworks display 8:00 pm)

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Media Contact:  For media wanting to cover this event, contact:  Event Media Relations, CJ Machado  or (858) 735-8487.  Interview opportunities will be available on Friday, April 23, 2021, and during the event with prior coordination.

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