In the 20th episode of Wrestling with Greatness, I interview Dom Gorie. Dom had an amazing career as a Naval aviator and as a NASA astronaut. As a Navy pilot he logged over 6,700 hours in more than 35 aircraft and completed over 600 aircraft carrier landings. He flew 38 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. He then went on to be a Naval Test Pilot. His astronaut career includes four space shuttle missions, including trips to the International Space Station. As a father, the danger of his job wasn’t lost on his family. As a child he’d experienced the loss of his own father when he was just 5 years old. His father, Captain Paul Pudwill of the USAF was killed in 1963 when the plane he was flying developed ice on its wings. Amazingly, Captain Pudwill ordered his crew to bail out then steered the plane away from populated areas before attempting to eject in time to save his own life.
Dom Gorie graduated from Miami Palmetto HS in Fl before going on to the US Naval Academy where he wrestled under legendary coach Ed Peery.
Recommendation: Support the Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge organization- http://combatwounded.org/