70 years after his first jump into Normandy on D-Day in 1944, World War II veteran Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin will parachute into Normandy again at 93 years old! Back on June 6th, 1944, he survived the grueling task of parachuting in behind enemy lines, while continuously taking fire that caused many of the planes to explode and paratroopers to lose their lives. To quote Jim Martin, “Planes were blowing up, and we wanted to get the hell out of there.”

While D-Day is a general military term to mark the day a combat attack or operation is initiated, the term most often refers to the Normandy Invasion on June 6th, 1944, which began the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation during WWII. Jim Martin was there on D-Day to help!

The boss crew Martin ran with was selected based on their elite parachuting skills to go in behind enemy lines. Jim Martin and his fellow paratroopers were responsible for holding back the Nazi reinforcements, as the remaining approximately 150,000 Allied troops ran onto Normandy beach. It was the beginning of the end of World War II.

Martin remembers feeling like he was going to die every day after parachuting in behind Nazi lines. He recalled, “There was SS all over the place, and they just slaughtered us. My colonel was lost. My company commander was lost.” But he made it through the war and back home, and today he’s 93 years old and 100% boss!

Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin, we thank you for your service and hope you enjoy the jump before your feet touch the soil they touched 70 years ago on D-Day!
We’ll leave you with a quote from Jim Martin, “I’m not usually looking for records or anything, but that would give me a great deal of satisfaction.”