He Returns To Normandy After 70 Years – What Happens Next Will Leave You Speechless
Fall And Rise.
On June 6th, 1944 Ralph Ticcioni was just 20-years-old when he parachuted down into Normandy with the 82nd Airborne Division. 72 years later a jubilant Ticchioni made his return to Normandy prompted by the Friends of American Veterans Organization, a group that has been honoring WWII Veterans every D-Day since 1945. He has always been very humble about his time during the war but he didn’t shy away from the embarrassing details of his “heroic entry” into Normandy after missing his mark and landing on a roof.
“I took my knife out of my boot and I cut my harness. And I slid down the barn roof right into a pile of horse manure. [my unit captain] said, Ticcioni you smell like s***. And I did”
– Ralph Ticcioni
After meeting with civilians, children and touring the once war torn countryside he was presented with the French Legion of Honor, the highest esteem the country can bestow. His most emotional moment came from his trip onboard a C-47 military aircraft and seeing the paratroopers make the jumps he once did. “I’m no hero, the heroes are buried here.” Ticcioni said as he reflected completed the tour of the land he helped free from the Nazis. From falling into horse manure to the being awarded the French Legion of Honor, Ralph Ticcioni is one in a million.