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90-Year-Old D-Day Vet’s Song Outselling Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift

A 90-year-old D-Day veteran’s tribute song to the World War II invasion is outselling songs by popular artists like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran on Amazon’s singles chart.

In 1944, at age 15, Jim Radford was a “galley boy” with the Merchant Navy on the Empire Larch.

On D-Day, Radford  took his first deep sea trip to Normandy to help build the Mulberry Harbour, which enabled the Royal Navy to transport personnel and supplies onto the beaches.

Twenty-five years after the invasion, Radford returned to Normandy and was inspired to write the song, Shores of Normandy after he was moved to tears at the scenes of children playing where soldiers had died.

Radford told ABC News, “I didn’t know when I went that my first trip was going to be the invasion of Europe. The song is to remember the brave lads that didn’t come back.”

His song was originally released in 1969 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of D-Day and has been re-released this year to mark the 75th anniversary.

The song includes touching lyrics:

As the years pass by, I can still recall the men I saw that day
Who died upon that blood-soaked sand where now sweet children play;
And those of you who were unborn, who’ve lived in liberty,
Remember those who made it so on the shores of Normandy.

Proceeds from the song will be donated to the British Normandy Memorial. You can purchase the song from Amazon HERE.

Watch: Incredible Moment 97-Year-Old Vet Recreates D-Day Jump in Normandy

Ninety-Seven-Year-Old Veteran Tom Rice commemorated the anniversary of D-Day by parachuting out of a C-47 transport plane over Normandy–just like he did 75 years ago.

“It went perfect, perfect jump,” Rice said after his jump. “I feel great. I’d go up and do it all again.”

Rice jumped with a group of a couple hundred parachutists today in honor of the airborne soldiers who participated in the deadly World War II battle.

The Army Times reports:

        Rice, of San Diego, jumped into roughly the same area he landed in on D-Day. He said it was           dark when he touched down in 1944 and he can’t be sure exactly where he was.

Rice jumped with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division on that momentous day 75 years ago, landing safely despite catching himself on the exit and a bullet striking his parachute. He called the 1944 jump “the worst jump I ever had.”

“I got my left armpit caught in the lower left hand corner of the door so I swung out, came back and hit the side of the aircraft, swung out again and came back, and I just tried to straighten my arm out and I got free,” he told The Associated Press in an interview.