D-Day hero is parachuting again — for a new good cause

He thinks it’s a “stupid thing to do,” but it strikes us as pretty bold, and cool: Harry Read, 95, will parachute into Normandy next month — just as he did 75 years ago.

On June 6, 1944, Read, then a 20-year-old wireless operator in the British 6th Airborne Division, first landed on the battlefields of northern France.

This time, he’ll do a tandem jump with the Red Devils Parachute Display Team. He says that when he boards the Dakota aircraft again, he will go straight to seat 12, where he sat on that day so many years ago.

The jump will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied forces invaded northern France on the beaches of Normandy. The 6th successfully completed its mission (Operation Tonga) to secure the invasion’s left flank.

“It’s a stupid thing to do at my age; elderly men don’t do parachute jumps,” Read claims. “But I resonate more with the sacrifice than I do with the celebration. The sacrifice enabled the celebration to take place, of course. And I will think of my mates who died.”

As should we all. Officers told the 6th Airborne they expected casualty rates above 50%. The men jumped anyway.

After the war, Read became a leader with the Salvation Army, and is using his page “Jump for Freedom” to raise funds to fight human trafficking and modern slavery.

Still a hero at 95.

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