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Video: WWII Veteran Rides in the Same Plane He Jumped Out of on D-Day

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This vet’s story will inspire you!

Looking for a little inspiration to start off your day? Look no further. Les Cruise, a 92-year-old D-Day veteran, relives his experiences as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division in this short film by National Geographic and they’re incredible.

An amazing 72 years after he helped liberate France in World War II, the Purple Heart paratrooper rides on the same type of plane again, this time with his children and grandchildren. Go ahead, try and keep a dry eye through the whole thing.

Cruise is one of the few surviving veterans who made their way into the legendary battles at Normandy via parachute.

The beginning of Cruise’s story is pretty sad, as he was abandoned and raised in an orphanage. However, it’s amazing to see how life turned out for him after the war. It sounds like a feature-length movie could be made about this guy’s life!

Cruise is the very definition of an American hero. Thank you for your service and for inspiring us today!

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Video: WWII Veteran Rides in the Same Plane He Jumped Out of on D-Day