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Lt. Col. Jeffrey Foundas is an active history buff. And active is putting it lightly. Using personal funds, Foundas jumps out vintage air planes as a “living interpreter” of World War II military history. He’s part of the Liberty Jump Team and participated in parachute jumps commemorating the 1944 Allied Invasion of Normandy, June 2-6. Foundas and the Liberty Jump team headquartered in Denison, Texas made jumps near French towns of Carentan, Sainte-Mere-Eglise and Brecourt Manor in Normandy where significant World War II battles took place. He calls himself a living interpreter of World War II battles.
“I physically jump out of a World War II aircraft and participate in re-created battles,” Foundas said. Foundas’ current ‘real’ military assignment is as a senior liaison officer for the Center for Army Lessons Learned at U.S. Army Africa’s G-3 Operations section in Vicenza, Italy. Being stationed in Europe allowed him to take leave and participate in D-Day commemorative parachute jumps which cost him $200 a piece.