The first time that Tom Rice of San Diego, California parachuted into Normandy, France, people were shooting at him. But that was on June 6, 1944. He was a US Army Ranger on that fateful day.
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On both occasions, he was jumping out of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain. This time, Rice and the C-47 were participating in commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy. AP reports:
Rice said afterward, “it went perfect, perfect jump.” He continued, “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.