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Dana Bowman

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Dana Bowman is a double-amputee skydiver and former member of the Golden Knights, an elite U.S. Army skydiving team.


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Golden Knights

On February 6, 1994, Bowman lost his legs in a collision with teammate, Sgt. Jose Aguillon, during the annual Golden Knights training in Yuma, Arizona. The two men were demonstrating a maneuver known as the Diamond Track which requires that the divers move about a mile away from each other and then turn 180 degrees and fly back at each other, crisscrossing in the sky. Then men had performed the maneuver more than 50 times before without mistake. Instead, the two men collided at over 300 miles/hour, killing Aguillon instantly and severing both of Bowman's legs.


Re-enlisting

Krueger made history later that year by becoming the first double-amputee to re-enlist in the U.S. Army. Later, he became the U.S. Parachute Team's lead speaker and recruiting commander.


Retirement

Dan retired from the Army in 1996 and became a motivational speaker. He also earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautics from the University of North Dakota and become a certified helicopter instructor. He also founded the Dana Bowman Limb Bank Foundation. [1]


References

  1. "Dana Bowman Brings Hope." D4DR Media. March 11, 2001. Accessed on May 22, 2008.