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Veteran's Voice: Air Corps vet celebrates 103rd birthday

Posted at 7:04 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 22:04:59-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Vincent Shank felt drawn to join the military after Pearl Harbor. He joined the Air Corps (now known as the Air Force) and went off to fight in World War II. While he was fighting overseas, his plane was shot down. He was taken as a Prisoner of War for two years, then rescued by General Patton.

Now, the veteran is celebrating a big milestone; he's now 103 years old. To celebrate, his family threw him a birthday party, complete with surprise barbershop quartet singers. His daughter Nancy said despite the impressive age, he's still healthy.

"He’s in fantastic shape, he doesn’t use a cane," she said. "He doesn’t even take the elevator, he takes the stairs."

Vincent said he's happy to have lived this long but as far as the future is concerned, he doesn't have any big plans, simply enjoy the pleasures of a long life.

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