Tom Rice of Jacksonville, Florida knew how he wanted to celebrate when he turned 100. And his friends at Skydive Palatka were more than happy to help set him up with a skydiving appointment.
Tom Rice signed up to serve in World War II right after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served as a platoon sergeant, commanding 12 paratroopers on D-Day with the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
Back in 2019, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Tom and his skydiving pal Art Shaffer jumped in tandem into Normandy France.
So, two years later, as Tom turns 100, he wanted to skydive again. This time, they skydived above San Diego, which is Tom’s hometown. This time, they also took a vintage World War II plane, which was part of Tom’s dream.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Rice. We are wishing you the happiest of birthdays!!
Source: First Coast News