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Lt. Bud Rice, WWII Vet, Throws First Pitch at Memorial Day Dodger Game

Lt. Bud Rice, WWII US Arm Air Force pilot threw the first pitch at the Dodger Game on Memorial Day in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The ceremonial honor of throwing the first pitch at yesterday’s Dodger Game went to well-known local resident US Army Air Fore Pilot Lt. Julian “Bud”Rice, a World War II veteran who is 98 years young.  Rice served as a C-47 pilot of the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron, and along with 800 other pilots, participated in D-Day, the largest invasion ever attempted. In all, Rice flew more than 700 daily transport and combat missions during the War.

We heard from another reader that Mr. Rice wasn’t thrilled with his pitch, and thought he could pitch better next year…so we hope he’s invited back to give it another try!

Rice was escorted at the game by his son Mark, long time local resident, formerly of Fremont Place and now in Windsor Square with his family.

Mark Rice gave the Buzz permission to share the video of his father, saying, “he’s been in the neighborhood for over 70 years and has many friends who might like to see it. It was a lot of fun and he enjoyed it. The Dodgers were especially kind to us.”

The Rice family has deep roots in the neighborhood and is active in St. Brendan’s Church and School, Loyola High School, Notre Dame High School and Wilshire Country Club.


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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  1. I just read about Lt Rice in “Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy”. I googled his name on the chance I could learn more about him. What a great man he was!


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