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Veteran's Voice: 101-year-old has mastered the game of life

Posted: 12:49 PM, Oct 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-30 15:57:59-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Frank Costa is a World War II veteran who is now living a relaxed life.

The 101-year-old Army veteran was drafted in April of 1943 and joined the 81st Wildcat Division. He said in his service, he went to 28 different islands then Japan, getting promoted from private to active sergeant major in 3 years. His years in the service were a hard time when he lost many friends.

“I don’t like talking about it, when they start talking about the army I’m just tearful. Too many memories,” said Costa.

Now, he lives a retired lifestyle at Acacia Springs in Las Vegas.

“Usually I stay up here and play my iPad or my son comes in and we go have dinner. Sometimes I go to the casino and play a little video poker,” said Costa.

He said he can spend hours at a time playing different games like Candy Crush and poker, which have helped keep him smart.

“Keeps your mind going, you gotta be sharp or you miss it,” said Costa.

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