Friends say late World War II vet "Red" Falvey was "kind, humble"

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Aug 22, 2012 7:24 PM

(Carlisle) -- A decorated World War II veteran who made a tandem jump in Cumberland County last year to mark his birthday has died at the age of 91.

Richard "Red" Falvey was a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne when he jumped in Normandy on D-Day in 1944. He would later earn the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his efforts in the war, but his friends say he managed to stay humble and kind.

Last year, Falvey reflected on his passion for skydiving, which he discovered when he was young.

"My brothers used to take me to a little air strip up in Carmel, New York, and at the end of the day, the barnstormers would give you a ride for $3 or $5 if you had it," he says. "At the end of the day, someone would jump from an aeroplane, and that's when the light was lit in me. Someday, I'm going to do it."

Falvey made nearly 30 jumps in his lifetime, including last year at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Cumberland County.

He later worked as a railroad conductor after the war before retiring in New York state.

Friends remember him as a "fun" and "lively" man who loved parachuting, even at an older age.

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