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RAEFORD, N.C. — A World War II veteran from North Carolina has gone skydiving for his 95th birthday.

WNCN reported that Col. Hal Shook recently jumped from an aircraft at 12,000 feet in skies over Hoke County.

Shook is a retired Air Force colonel. He flew on D-Day and was shot down during the invasion, according to the TV station. He later served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Friends and family came from across the country to watch the celebratory jump.

“It’s a joy, and you’re sitting there and you can see everything below,” Shook said. “It’s beautiful.”

Check out video coverage of the jump above, provided by WNCN.