100-year-old World War 2 veteran jumps from a plane to mark 100th birthday

Age is just a number, so goes a common saying. A 100-year-old World War 2 veteran seems to be living by this mantra as he marked becoming a centenarian uniquely.

Thomas Rice jumping from a plane.
100-year-old Thomas Rice jumping from a plane. Photo: Operation Call-To-Service. Source: UGC

On Sunday, August 15, Thomas Rice parachuted from a plane which was his favourite during the war.

In a video of the jump, the unfazed centenarian and his co-pilot landed in front of a hotel in San Diego as a group of family and friends cheered him on.

Having fun

Speaking afterwards, the centenarian said the skydiving experience was lots of fun.

He told Fox 5:

“It’s unbelievable what you can view from up there. We do a lot of manoeuvring up there. That was a lot of fun.”

According to CAF, Rice is no novice at parachuting as he is a seasoned paratrooper.

“His first experience in combat was parachuting into the dark skies. He was dropped at 160 mph as the pilots of his plane tried to evade the enemy fire,” the organisation stated.

After the war, Rice got a degree from San Diego State University and was a social science and history teacher for over four decades.

He also wrote a memoir titled Trial by Combat: A Paratrooper of the 101st Airborne Division Remembers the 1944 Battle of Normandy.

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