Sunday, June 8, 2014

'At least this time there was no one shooting at me': Hero paratrooper, 93, jumps over Normandy

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 Hero: US war veteran Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin (center), 93, looks on after landing with a parachute on June 5, 2014 over Carentan, where he landed 70 years ago, when he was a paratrooper

 Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin, 93, jumped behind enemy lines as the D-Day armada prepared to launch across the English Channel on June 6, 1944

He completed a tandem jump on Thursday as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations marking the beginning of the liberation of Europe from Hitler

A member of the US 101st Airborne Division - Martin said he did the jump for his comrades who could not be there

General George S. Patton's granddaughter, Helen Patton, also jumped on Thursday as part of celebrations

World leaders and veterans gather by the beaches of Normandy on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings

More with video and pictures @ Daily Mail


  1. We won't see their like again. "Greatest Generation" is not adequate to describe such men. They were/are still Giants. My Dad went back to Ste. Mere Eglise at Utah beach with Mom and his 4IV buddies in 1969 for the 25th anniversary of their first visit. The French Mayor and the citizens paid them great honor for their service. I greatly regret not visiting Utah Beach.

  2. Was there a skinny Kenyan still there, or had he returned to campaign and lie to us some more?

  3. If still there, I am sure he took up the latter, post haste.