In the Beginning….
Original West Point Skydivers
The Peninsula Skydivers Skydiving Club was started in July, 1962 by Hugh Bergeron, who is pictured above in the white collared shirt. Hugh made a parachute jump from a Piper airplane that was so small he had to fly to 2,000 feet with the door open and his legs hanging outside the airplane. The above photo is from 1975 and it is the 1000th jump of Rick Odum who is kneeling in the front row in the center. The other people who have been identified in this picture so far from left to right are: Front Row; Dave Orcutt, Rick Odum, Stan Hicks. Second Row; Frank Paynter(behind Rick Odum), Bill Ray, John Sullivan(standing at right).Third Row; Dennis McWaters, Phil Glaude, Danny Allawatt, Hale Castleman. Back Row;Beverly Sothcott, ?, Dennis Redwine, Myron Sothcott(Pilot), Seth Cooper, Tommy Bryant, Jacque Beckner, Carlton (Hutch) Pieper, Hugh Bergeron, Dave Bullen, Ed Obrien, Bill Kenny, Randy Persinger, Lynn Yervak. If you can identify any of the others send us an e-mail at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.