Tom Rice Returns to Post 416!

Tom Rice and Commander Shillingburg

Commander Matt Shillingburg welcomes Tom Rice back to Post 416

July 10, 2019 ENCINITAS CA World War II veteran, Tom Rice, who parachutted into Normandy on D-Day, returned to Post 416 after successfully re-enacting his jump for the 50th Anniversary of that historic event, at age 98. Tom had previously been the featured speaker at the Post in celebrating the American Legion Centenial, where he detailed his adventures during the war.

Fellow WWII veteran Admiral Don Shelton, also 98, was on hand to present Rice with a framed commemorative photo of the hero. Local television host Dave Scott of KUSI News was on hand to capture the presentation, and interview the two veterans. See the KUSI video here.

Click here  to view a photo gallery of the event.