Please direct your attention to the manliest thing you’ll see today. Hell, the manliest thing you’ll see all year. Yes, even more manly than winning your fantasy football league.
Jim “Pee Wee” Martin, 93, was part of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division who parachuted over Utah beach 70 years ago today as a part of the Allied invasion of France. In honor of that anniversary, Martin decided to recreate the jump he made back in 1944, uniform and all.
And in case you’ve forgotten, let us remind you that THE DUDE IS 93 YEARS OLD.
In a report by CNN, Martin said that he’s uncomfortable with the adulation he’s received upon his return to Normandy, “I don’t feel we did anything we weren’t supposed to do, or anything exceptional.” Yeah, nothing exceptional, except for saving the free world from tyrannical madmen, is all. Martin also said of his jump today that a little bit of ego was involved. “I’m 93 and I can still do it. And also I just wanted to show all of the people that you don’t have to sit and die just because you get old.”
And when asked how this jump compared to the original? “It didn’t (compare), because there wasn’t anybody shooting at me today.”