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Virgil Derry ( Winthrop 1939 )

posted: Jan 1, 2002

Virgil, 85, of Sun City, Arizona, died January 31, 1995, after a brief illness. Along with Glenn Smith and his brothers Frank and Chet, he was one of the four original members of the 1939 USFS experimental parachute program which led to the estabishment of the smokejumper program. Virgil jumped at NCSB in 1940 and left to work in logging, heavy construction and commercial fishing. On August 11, 1940, Virgil and George Honey jumped the second fire in Region 6 history.