In June of 1944, he was serving with the 101st Airborne Division. Now 97, Rice was part of the massive D-Day invasion that put Allied troops on the ground in Normandy during World War II.
"And that was hard going," Rice recalled. "The D-Day jump, I landed standing up for the most part and then went down to my knees and bounced a couple times because I had so much equipment and I had a difficult time getting out of that equipment."
He called that jump the worst one he ever had. A bullet even went through his parachute, he said.
But this time around, the only shooting came from photographers' cameras.
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