Veteran Parachutes For D-Day, 70 Years Later
Today, June 6 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied troops. The beaches filled with men who were told that it was to be “Full victory – nothing else” in order to win the war.
A fully equipped paratrooper boards an airplane that will drop him over the coast of Normandy for the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6, 1944. At approximately 0200, June 6 1944, Soldiers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, as well as elements of a British airborne division, were dropped in vital areas to the rear of German coastal defenses guarding the Normandy beaches from Cherbourg to Caen. By dawn 1,136 heavy bombers of the RAF Bomber Command had dropped 5,853 tons of bombs on selected coastal batteries lining the Bay of the Seine between Cherbourg and Le Havre. [via Army.mil]
To mark this day, a former paratrooper, Jim “Pee Wee” Martin, jumped out of a plane over Normandy beach just like he did 70 years ago.
[via KFI] Back then, Martin was a 23-year-old member of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division that parachuted down over Utah Beach the night before D-Day.
Yesterday, he made the jump again…he’s 93.
How did it go?
Martin told CNN that “It was wonderful.” But, “It didn’t compare, because there wasn’t anybody shooting at me today.”
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