DDay Veterans Parachute into Normandy

Conservative Firing Line | 6/6/2019 | Staff
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The Order for the invasion of Normandy written to all soldiers, sailors, and airmen was clear – “Your enemy is well-trained, well-equipped, and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.” For DDay Veterans like Tom Rice, 97, jumping into the conflagration on June 6, 1944 was life and death on all sides. But now, in 2019, he and about 200 others, three in their 90’s, jumped again in commemoration of that day.

According to accounts, over 13,000 American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions made night parachute drops early June 6. Tom Rice was among them.

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Tom Rice, 97, (101st Airborne veteran), Harry Read, 95, and John Hutton, 94, (both British army) were among the men who tandem-jumped to commemorate D-Day, 1944. Their jump this time was met, not with enemy fire, but cheering crowds.

Rice said his DDay jump in 1944 was the worst he’d ever had:

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There were no such problems this time. The jump went...
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