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Tom Rice, national treasure and World War II veteran, dead at age 101

CBS 8 realized that Tom Rice, a World War II Screaming Eagle legend of the one hundred and first Airborne, died Thursday at age 101.

SAN DIEGO — Tom Rice, a World War II Screaming Eagle legend of the one hundred and first Airborne, died Thursday at age 101, in response to Honor Flight San Diego.

“It is hard when we lose our heroes, and today we lost a member of the Greatest Generation who was one of our first WWII veterans to go on their Honor Flight. Today, at 101 years young, we lost WWII U.S. Army D-Day Paratrooper Tom Rice,” Honor Flight San Diego shared on Facebook.

Rice advised cameras he couldn’t be extra grateful for the help for veterans given by Honor Flight San Diego as he and his buddies boarded an plane to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the tip of World War II.

Rice advised CBS 8 he fought within the Battle of the Bulge. 

“They threw chaos at us, I mean chaos,” stated Rice, who was dropped behind enemy strains. 

Tom was wounded 4 instances however saved going again for extra.

“Well, I didn’t ask for it, haha. I got in the way of it,” joked Rice.

On Aug. 15, 2021, World War II veteran Rice kicked off his a centesimal birthday celebration.

Rice and the U.S. Navy parachute staff, “Leap Frogs,” jumped out of a aircraft at Hotel Del Coronado. 

“Today, he took his final jump. He was deeply loved by all of us with Honor Flight San Diego and will be missed by all who knew him. He was a charismatic, charming, funny, humble American hero who saved us all, and he will never be forgotten,” Honor Flight officers stated.

When requested, Rice stated he has some phrases of knowledge for younger San Diegans.

“Stand up, decide, and keep it up,” stated Rice.

Rice’s spouse requested that as a substitute of flowers, his pals, household, and supporters send a donation to Honor Flight San Diego in Rice’s reminiscence. 

CBS 8 thanks Rice for his service to our county.

WATCH RELATED: World War II veteran celebrates a centesimal birthday with Coronado aircraft leap (2021)

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