Newtown Square resident Eugene Vickers, a World War II veteran, celebrated his 103rd birthday on Veterans Day, writes Peg DeGrassa for the Daily Times.
Vickers rode with three other veterans from World War II in special cars during the Delaware County Veterans Day Parade in Media.
This is not Vickers’s first appearance in the Delaware County Veterans Day Parade. He was also grand marshal three and four years ago, on his 99th and 100th birthdays.
“It is always humbling,” he said.
Vickers enlisted after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was accepted as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, nearly a year after the event.
“After seeing what happened at Pearl Harbor, I really wanted to serve,” he said.
Vickers served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1946.
“Serving our country was something you had to do,” he said.
After the war, he worked for 43 years in Langhorne at the Philadelphia College of Bible, now known as Cairn University.
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