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Veterans in their mid-90s parachute over Normandy

‘I’d go up and do it all again:’ Veterans in their mid-90s parachute over Normandy, 75 years after D-Day

June 6 at 9:51 AM

When hundreds of parachutists jumped out of planes over the fields of French Normandy on Wednesday, some were already used to the scenery.

They had done the same jump 75 years earlier, on D-Day.

The parachute jump was organized in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the storied military operation on June 6, 1944.

Among them was U.S. veteran Tom Rice, 97, one of the first Allied soldiers to land behind German lines in 1944, near the town of Carentan. It was, as Rice recalled to the Associated Press, “the worst jump I ever had.” A bullet struck his parachute.

This time, however, his tandem jump near the same town went more smoothly.

“Perfect jump,” he told the AP. “I’d go up and do it all again.”

Featured photo: World War II paratrooper veteran Tom Rice, 97, who served with the 101st Airborne Division, did a parachute jump over Carentan on the Normandy coast ahead of the 75th D-Day anniversary Wednesday. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

There is a great video of the jump at the link below:

Attribution: The Washington Post

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