On a hot summer day, people were gathered around and in their community pool in Ohio to swim, have fun and beat the heat. One young boy, however, was having trouble working up the courage to take a leap from the pool’s diving board. That’s when an Air Force veteran stepped up and stepped in to show that there wasn’t anything to be afraid of.
Daniel Biss, 95, is a veteran of the United States Air Force who served in both World War II and the Korean War. He was at the pool with his family, including Coast Guard veteran and wife of 72 years. When Bliss saw that the boy was scared to take a dive, the veteran walked out onto the diving board with his cane.
With a little help balancing as he handed off his walking cane, his daughter, Christine Ross, filmed the whole event.
“Little did we know he would actually dive,” said Kevin Ross, his grandson.
At one point the 95-year-old veteran almost loses his balance — a moment that makes most viewers cringe — but he never loses his cool or his resolve. He was going out on the diving board to show bravery to a young boy, and that’s exactly what he did!
Daniel Bliss even took the time to flex his muscles in a show of strength, adding to the bravado of this amazing Air Force veteran.
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With everyone looking on in awe and anticipation, the 95-year-old veteran dives head first into the pool, showing that there’s no age limit on courage! This Airman obviously still has all the same bravery that he had serving in WWII and the Korean War.
And what’s more, he was willing to take that bravery and pass it on to a young boy at the local pool!
His daughter, Christine Ross, said, “He is very spry for his age. He’s 95 soon to be 96 years old and is both a WWII and Korean War veteran in the U.S. Air Force. He is full of amazing stories and has a song for every situation.”
Watch this amazing, inspiring moment in the video below!
Jacob H. is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who currently resides is West Michigan with his wife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys writing, photography, mountain climbing, and camping.