Tom Rice was an Army paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division who parachuted into France on D-Day. Now, exactly 75 years later, at the age of 97 he’s done it again- from the exact model plane no less!
Rice spoke to Fox News about his experience, both then and now:
“Everything was, for the most part, repeated except this is a daylight jump and the Normandy jump in ’44 was a nighttime jump. I didn’t know where I was. I knew where I was here! We had the American flag flying below us, I couldn’t see it but I’m sure it was very beautiful.”
The jumpers were honoring the airborne soldiers who descended into gunfire and death ahead of the June 6, 1944, seaborne invasion.
He added: “I represent the United States coming here. … I really appreciate all the love and their kindness and their heartfelt emotions.” Watch the video of his jump below!