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Honorary Golden Knight George HW Bush
Honorary Golden Knight and former President, George HW Bush, celebrates his 85th birthday jumping tandem
with Golden Knight, Michael Elliot.[AP Photo June 12, 2009]

Honorary Golden Knight
is the highest honor the Team awards
to people who are not Team members.

Honorary Golden Knights have developed a special relationship with the Team through their extraordinary contributions of time, effort & support; through their friendship & shared experiences; and/or through their unique appreciation
of the Team and its activities.

Jackie Smith
Honorary Golden Knight, Jackie Smith [far right], and other members of the Red Devils (British Parachute Regimental Freefall Team) in Laurinburg, NC
preparing for their first 8-way jump. 

Golden Knight, Bill Wenger, who filmed the jump,
is shown on the far left.
This honor is the Team' s way of saying "Thank You" for their valuable service and/or special relationship with the Golden Knights.

Military or civilian personnel are eligible.
Selection of the Honorary Golden Knights is made yearly by secret ballot. 

There are no limits to the number of Honorary Golden Knights who may be selected each year.

Honorary Team Members are listed alphabetically under the tabs above.

  ABREU, Sue
1998
  ALBRITTON,    Julie
Widow of Paul Albritton
1973 - C47 Crash Victim

1983
  ALLRED, Ray
1979
  ANDERSON, Steve
1995
  ARRELANO, Angie
Widow of Arnie Arrelano
1st Team Performance Fatality

1983
     
Harry Arter
ARTER,  Harry E

Pioneer of the USAPT
2009
     
Jeff Averett AVERETT, Jeff
Database & Programming Guru for the Alumni Website
2011
Harry Arter
July 11, 1960 - Harry Arter checks the instruments on his reserve parachute
in advance of competing in the World Parachuting Championships in
Sofia, Bulgaria later in August.
  BARBARICK,    Charlene
Widow of Joe Barbarick
1973 - C47 Crash Victim

1983
  BACHMAN,    Chris
2007
  BACHMAN,    Lowell
1991
  BAGLEY,    Cindi
2007
Larry & Cindi Bagley
Larry & Cindi Bagley
  BAGLEY,    Larry
2007
James Bates BATES,    James
Fellow Jumper, Judge & Friend
2003
Marge Bates
BATES,   Marge
Fellow Jumper, Judge & Friend
2003
Billy Beaudreau BEAUDREAU,   Billy
2005
  BELTON,   Henry
1992
  BENEDICT,   Al
1978
  BERGERON,  Joe
2008
  BERRIDGE,   Leonard
1981
     
Joey Bishop BISHOP,    Joey
Actor and Comedian
1969
  BLUE,    Buddy 2003
  BOGGS,    Catherine 2009
  BOGGS,    Wayne 2009
  BONILLA,    Crystal  
Bill Bordeleau BORDELEAU,    Bill
Air Show Host
1979
Tiny Broadwick BROADWICK,   Georgia  "Tiny"

First Lady of Parachuting
1971
Joan Brocki
BROCKI,    Joan
Dental Assistant Extraordinaire
2000
  BULLINGTON,   Elisa
Widow of Bart Bullington
1983
  BURNETT,   Charles
1980
Heather Burton BURTON,    Heather
Created the First Alumni Website
2007
George HW Bush BUSH,    George H W,
Former President
1997
     
  CAIDEN,  Martin 1978
  CASSEL,  Rona
Wife of Jim "Skippy" Cassel
2010
  CASSIDY,  Jack
2007
Robert "Chappy" Chapman CHAPMAN,  Robert
"Chappy"
1978
  CHEEK ,  Bill
2002
  CHEEKS,  Chris
2002
  CLARK,  David
1977
  COMP,  Liz
aka: Liz Hoffman
2009
  CONWAY, Ted 1968
  COOKE,   Stuart 2009
  COY,   Col   James "Jim" 2001
  CUNNINGHAM, Tom 1974
  HALUSKI, Lynn 1994
  HAMILL,   Ed 2008
  HARVEY,   Richard
2000
  HAYS,   David W
1995
  HELLER, Brian 2012
  HEREDIA,   Sara
1983
Paul Herrick HERRICK, Paul W 1975
  HOFFMAN, Liz
aka: Liz Comp
2009
  HOOD,   Lyndsay 2015
  HOOPER,   Jim
1981
Regina Hudson HUDSON,  Regina  "Gina"
Web Wizard - Alumni Website
2011
     
Jacque-Andre Istel ISTEL,   Jacques-Andre
Skydiving Pioneer & Trainer
2009
Jacque-Andre Istel
Jacque-Andre Istel being knighted in 2009
     
  JACKSON,   Charles 1989
  JACKSON,   Nell
1989
  JACKSON,   Paul
1987
  JACKSON,   Wanda 1987
  JACOBS,   Pete
2008
  JENS,   Don
1978
  JOHNSON,   Charles  "Pop"
1983
Dorothy & Charles "Pop" Johnson
Dorothy & Pop Johnson, Parents of TJ Johnson
  JOHNSON,   Dick 1976
  JOHNSON,   Dorothy 1983
  JONES,   Beverly   "Ma" 1980
     
  KING,   Mike 1985
 

KINSER,    Beverly
Widow of Ray Kinser
1973 - C47 Crash Victim

1986
  KIRK,   Larry
Parent of Preston Kirk
1984
  KIRK,    Mrs
Parent of Preston Kirk
1984
Joe Kittinger KITTINGER,  Joe
Freefall Record Setter
2011
Joe Kittinger
Joe Kittinger being knighted in 2011
  LATHAM,    Lee
2005
Marylou Laughlin LAUGHLIN,    Mary Lou 2004
  LEAP FROGS
US Navy Parachute Team
2007
The Leap Frogs
The Leap Frogs in Coronado, CA

  LINCOLN, Alex 2013
  LINDSEY,    Jamie 2007
  LUTZ,    Joe 1999
     
  NELSON, Rook 2011
  NORRIS, Brian
1999
     
     
  O’DONNELL,   Tom
1978
  OTTLEY,   William     "Bill" 1975
     
Mac Maciborski is Knighted
Mac Maciborski being knighted by LTC Anthony Dill
     
  PALMER,    Bruce 1969
  PARKS,    Paul
1986
  PARRISH,    Grace
Widow of Ed Parrish
1973 - C47 Crash Victim
1983
  PAWLACK,    Nancy
Widow of Dick Pawlack
KIA - Vietnam

1983
  PELTER,   Dottie
Widow of Joe Pelter
1973 - C47 Crash Victim

1983
  PIETZ,   Dan    "Doc" 2002
  PLANA,    Ted 1996
Lenny Potts POTTS,    Lenny 2008
  PRICE,    Ulysses   "Doug" 1984
     
  Q is vacant  
 
 
     
Martha Raye RAYE,    Martha

Honorary Golden Knight Honorary Green Beret
"Colonel Maggie"
Entertainer

Special Features
1969
Rob Reider REIDER,  Rob

Air Show Announcer
2013
Rob Reider
Rob Reider with some of the Team narrators.
  RICKE,    Mary 1983
  RIPLEY,    Mike 1996
  ROBERTS,    Gene 1982
  RODRIGUEZ,    Jose 2009
     
 

TAYLOR,   Tee
Jumper & Friend
& Former wife of Loy Brydon

2011
Tony Thacker THACKER,    Anthony "Tony"

Son of Gene Paul Thacker
2002
  THACKER, Billie
Wife of Gene Paul Thacker
2013
  THOMAS,    Derrick
2001
  THOMAS,    Pat
2008
  THOMPSON, Art 2013
  THROM,      Christopher 2006
  TOLSON,    John
1969
Sean D Tucker TUCKER,    Sean D
2001
  TURNER,   Loretta
Wife of Leo Kryske (deceased)

1983

  TYMOND,    Debbie 2005
     
  U is vacant  
 
 
     
  VANDER WEG,    Joanne
Widow of Phil Vander Weg
KIA - Vietnam

1983
  VERNER, Kirk 2012
  VEST,    Bill
Parent of Rusty Vest
1984
  VEST,   June
Parent of Rusty Vest
1984
     
Rose Wagner WAGNER,    Rose
Mother of Chris & Tim:
GK Alumni
1995
  WARDWELL,    Jay
2008
  WARREN,    Henry
1995
  WASLEY KRAFT,    Judy
Widow of Mike Wasley
1973 - C47 Crash Victim
1983
  WELCH,   Joan
Widow of
Francis "Whiskey" Welch
1973 - C47 Crash Victim

1983
  WEST,    Jim
1979
  WHITE,    Dan

1996

  WILLIAMS,   Solly 2014
  WRENN,    Bobbie Jean
Daughter of
Spider & Nancy Wrenn
2001
Nancy Wrenn WRENN,    Nancy
Wife of Bobby "Spider" Wrenn
2007
  WROSTAD,    Bob 1987
     
  X-Y are vacant  
 
 
     
  ZADICK,    Imogene
1983
     
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