By Maureen King
It had always been a fascination to him, something he’d seen in the movies.
He knew he could do it and do it better than anyone else, he says, because he was a Mexican. The fascination: jumping out of an airplane.
The challenge led George M. Castañeda to serve as an Army paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War.
"I'd do it again if they asked me to," Castañeda said. "If I had to go, I'd go on to the airborne. It's in my blood. That's when you know what you're made of. Either you got it or you don't got it."