World War II Pilot Throws First Pitch at Dodgers Game

The Los Angeles Dodgers' commemoration of Memorial Day included the ceremonial first pitch being thrown by a World War II pilot and a flyover by four prop-driven World War II AT-6 training planes.

The ceremonial first pitch before the 5:10 p.m. game against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium was tossed by Julian Rice, who flew a C-47 military transport aircraft with the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron on D-Day.

The U.S. Navy Color Guard from Assault Craft Unit 5 Camp Pendleton served as the color guard as the 300th Army Band Brass Quintet performs the national anthem.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Ishmael Galeana will be honored as the Military Hero of the Game. He joined the Navy in 2010 and was deployed to the Western Pacific in support of Operation Inherent Resolve against the Islamic State group.

Galeana is stationed at Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles.

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