97-year-old D-Day veteran parachutes into Normandy 75 years later
NORMANDY, France — A 97-year-old U.S. veteran parachuted into Normandy on Wednesday — 75 years after he made the same journey on D-Day.
Tom Rice of San Diego was among some 200 parachutists who filled the Normandy skies for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
They were honoring the airborne soldiers who jumped into gunfire and death ahead of the June 6, 1944, seaborne invasion.
Their engines throbbing, C-47 transporters dropped group after group of parachutists.
“It went perfect, perfect jump,” Rice said. “I feel great. I’d go up and do it all again.”
He jumped in a tandem into roughly the same area he landed in on D-Day, outside of Carentan, a Normandy town among the main objectives for the Allied paratroopers on D-Day.AlertMe