Congressman Ralph Hall skydives in honor of Memorial Day

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

ROCKWALL, TX -- Congressman Ralph Hall celebrated Memorial Day Weekend in a unique way Saturday morning.

Hall who just celebrated his 89th birthday decided to take the plunge and go sky diving. The Congressman took flight over Rockwall jumping tandem with an instructor who is a grandfather himself.

Hall says the jump is in honor of all of those who have served our country. Dozens turned out to show their support for Hall, who is the oldest member of congress. After a brief free fall the pair came down to make a textbook landing. Hall, who was a pilot during World War II, was then presented with a pair of Jump Wings from Army Airborne Veterans. The Congressman says he enjoyed the experience

"I want to do it again," Congressman Hall said.

Hall faces fellow republicans Steve Clark and Lou Giglotti in the upcoming primary election.

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  • by Jack Location: texoma on Jun 13, 2012 at 07:56 AM
    I have met Ralph. 10 to 1 he didn't even know he was sky diving.
  • by D.B. Cooper Location: Washington State on Jun 9, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    The question is can Ralph Hall do a Hook Turn? SWOOP! ARCH LOOK REACH PULL SKYDIVE
  • by Michael Location: Rockwall on May 29, 2012 at 09:56 PM
    When no one, including our senators would help us get our son back from Mexico, Ralph Hall stepped up, spent an entire week with me in Washington and got Homeland security to act and get my son back after 14 months in Mexico. I wish he'd run for President!
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      by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 03:13 PM in reply to Michael
      Too bad he don't care enough about other Americans to not side with the "do nothing" GOP Congress on every vote.
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 07:50 PM in reply to Michael
      Our homeland isn't Mexico. And if a person doesn't go to Mexico for their drugs, they won't need any help.
  • by Sis Location: Sherman on May 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    What is the real reason for Rep. Hall's skydiving on his 89th birthday? Could it be to distract voters from his age, but to focus on his vigor and ability to serve another two years? Will voters fall for this but look at reality--isn't it time for him to retire and bring new blood to Washington, D.C.
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    This is pathetic! How can any man feel honored because another man jumps out of an airplane? I could not care less if he gets his kicks this way. We are lost if such an act gets mileage to honor others.
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      by Elizabeth on May 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM in reply to
      I'd vote for the guy that landed Air Force One in the middle of Times Square to take his wife out for a nice dinner! (Now THAT'S pathetic!!)
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        by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM in reply to Elizabeth
        I bet you are dumb enough to believe what you posted. The GOP has dumbed you people down so much that pathetic is not a bad enough word to describe you people.
  • by Dr. Buddy Location: Denison on May 29, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    Way to go, Ralph. You got my vote!! -- B.M., Lt. Col. Aviator, USA (Ret)
  • by William Location: Van Alstyne on May 29, 2012 at 06:48 AM
    I voted for Mr. Hall the first time for Lt. Governor back in the 70s, and as much as I like him, I voted for Lou Gigliotti, the Tea Party guy, this time. The EPA which Mr. Hall supported is one of the main causes for high gas prics!!
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      by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 03:07 PM in reply to William
      I agree that Hall's time is up, but the EPA has absolutely nothing to do with the high gas prices. Anyone who has paid attention to facts every time gas prices jump, knows what the causes are. From market speculation to global pricing to OPEC & corporate greed. There are plenty of real reasons that gas (Which is based on global oil prices) prices go up & down. Only the kooks who either don't want to know the real causes, and those who only want to place blame on a political party are dumb enough not to realize this.
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        by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 01:12 PM in reply to
        Notice how gas prices have been going down? Know why? Yep. Global pricing. Economic uncertainty in Europe and Asia are driving global oil prices down. As a result, our gas prices go down. Nothing to do with Obama. Nothing to do with any pipeline. Simply the same thing that makes our gas prices soar. The global market price.
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        by Denison on Jun 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM in reply to
        You just don't get it. You should watch him bash the EPA in Committee & tell them how they are killing jobs. Go Ralph, YOU WON!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    Old Ralphie....he did ok back in the day, but, as others have said on here, it's time to hang it up. He is now like a 48-year-old NFL player, symbolic but not much practical use. We need some fresh blood and ideas to sort out this mess we are in as it seems to be getting only worse by the day. We do not need someone who is on a mission to set a record for outliving their usefulness in congress.
  • by Stan Location: Bonham on May 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM
    As the saying goes..."No fool like an old fool". As with most career politicians Ralph has proven once again he will do anything to get elected. This takes his normal "glad handing" to a new level!
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      by Jimmy on May 29, 2012 at 06:32 AM in reply to Stan
      He apparently will do anything to get re-elected and stay in power. Remind you of anyone else running this year??? He may have changed parties, but he's still got the democrat in him.
  • by The Prophet Location: Texoma on May 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
    Typical career politician. Yes, he has done well serving us but just like the "others" who go to DC, he has decided to make a career of it. This is nothing but a publicity stunt on his behalf. What we need in DC are intelligent, NEW people. Not more of the same that have taken us into bankrupcy; BOTH Democrat & Republican self-centered politicians that would bankrupt their household the way they go through cash!. God help us all, we sure need it!
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