World War II Paratrooper Vet Finally Makes First Jump
Ralph Mayville, a World War II veteran who was part of an elite special forces unit, finally made his first jump out of a plane at the age of 92.By Katherine Biek | May 26, 2014
One Canadian World War II veteran felt as if he finally earned his wings Saturday, about 70 years after the war ended.
Ralph Mayville was a member of the elite First Special Service Force, a group nicknamed the Black Devils. According to its website, the group, which was started in 1942 and disbanded two years later, was a "joint World War II American-Canadian commando unit." (Via U.S. Signal Corps / Library and Archives Canada)
Throughout his time in the war, Mayville was stationed in France and Holland and received numerous medals and honors for his efforts. But CTV says there was one medal he never felt he had earned the right to wear.