Vet Celebrates 100th Birthday by Recreating His D-Day Jump From Nearly 80 Years Ago


Jumping out of a plane is certainly a memorable way to celebrate a 100th birthday.

Newly minted centenarian Tom Rice, who served in World War II as a paratrooper, wanted to recreate a parachute jump he did nearly 80 years ago.


Rice made the jump from a vintage plane in southern California to symbolize the D-Day invasion jump he made in Normandy, France.

“It’s unbelievable what you can view from up there,” Rice told KSWB-TV. “We do a lot of maneuvering up there. That was a lot of fun.”


He told the TV station he wants to jump from an even higher altitude for his birthday next year.


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