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Dress From The Sky: NCIS Star Mark Harmons' Mother Married His Father Wearing A Parachute That Saved His Life

Date September 17, 2019 19:49

Mark Harmon, 66, has been one of the biggest foundations in “NCIS” since it originally premiered in September 2003 with Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, among others.

In 2017 Mark appeared on The Talk to discuss the show and talk a little bit about his personal life. Harmon, in fact, impressed people by sharing the touching story of his mother's wedding ceremony gown that’s sure to bring a tear to your eye as well.

Mark Harmon's mom's wedding gown

Mark started his story by admitting that his late father Captain Tom Harmon, who served as a military pilot in the United States Army Air Force was a "real war hero" and went down twice during the Second World War.

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"He went down to China. He burned badly, went down in a dog fight and they saved him. Guerrillas took him out of a lake. He was badly burned, so when a pilot got out of an airplane they always brought up the parachute."

NCIS star explained that his mom married the father in the wedding dress made out of that parachute that saved Tom Harmon's life after his plane was shot down over China.

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"When [my father] got back after 30 days, the parachute came with him and he married my mom. My grandmother, an Austrian immigrant and also a great seamstress, basically took the chute apart and made my mom's wedding dress out of it."

The couple settled in Los Angeles and had three children: Mark and his older sisters Kristin and Kelly. Happily married for 46 years, Knox established herself as an accomplished impressionist painter.

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The trend of wedding dress made from parachutes

The trend to make bridal gowns from parachute silk got started well before the war ended. As early as 1943 newspaper articles were running stories about dedicated and fierce young women who were not letting anything go to waste, including the parachutes their husbands jumped from planes in!

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The act became not only a symbol of resourcefulness and industriousness, but also an act to honor the service of these men. We can only imagine what a powerful symbol was the soldier’s parachute! The dresses made out of them are simply priceless just like those incredible love stories.