Twice since then, Lamb attempted to sky-dive, but both times, weather conditions changed his plans.
Strapped onto an experienced instructor, he kept his cool as they stepped out of the door of the plane and began to free fall, he said.
“It was pretty chilly up there, but outside of the cold everything was perfect,” he said. “I wasn't even excited; just kind of a stroll in the park.”
Mark Lamb said his father is well known for keeping cool about things. It was his nature at work, as a father, and even when telling war stories. In fact, it was well after Mark grew up that he learned some of the details of his father's wartime experience.
“He never really talked about it unless you asked him questions, but later he started opening up about it more,” Mark Lamb said. “As his kids got older we were very fascinated with him and proud of what he did. They say it's the ‘greatest generation' and we definitely agree with that.”
Ed Lamb said his matter-of-fact approach to jumping Saturday was a stark difference from 60 years ago.
“Yeah, the adrenaline gets to pumping when you're being shot at,” he said, laughing. “Just something about that tends to turn on the juices.”