Army announces the loss of one of their Golden Knights

Sgt. 1st Class Dominic Perry (Army)

The Army announced the death of one of its official Parachute Team, aka the “Golden Knights,” members this week.

“On June 12, 2024, Sgt. 1st Class Dominic Perry, a member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team succumbed to injuries he sustained during a non-duty related parachute jump while participating in a civilian-sponsored Canopy Piloting competition in Whiteville, Tenn,”  the U.S. Army Recruiting Command Public Affairs said in a statement.

Perry, an Aberdeen, N.C. resident, was an experienced parachute team tandem instructor and more than 20 years in the U.S. Army.

“We are profoundly saddened by the loss of our teammate, who served proudly and honorably as a U.S. Army Soldier and uniformed ambassador,” Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis, commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command said. “We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.”

According to his social media, he has been an Army recruiter in North Carolina for at least five years and earned his American Free Fall Association skydiving license in 2011.

In 2018, Perry and 31 others set a record for “Formation Skydiving FS – Sequential Large Formation” while skydiving in North Carolina, according to the United States Parachute Association

The Army released very limited information about his military career but a post on the Parachute Team’s social media shows him joining the team on October 18, 2019.

The Army did note the Golden Knights parachute team will not cancel any demonstrations and/or events due to his death.

The United States Parachute Association has yet to report Perry’s death in their database.

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