A U.S. army veteran of World War II and the Korean War celebrated his 100th birthday on January 20, 2022.
WWII veteran, Jack Becker, who lives with his daughter in Prineville, Oregon enjoyed a quiet celebration at home unaware of the larger surprise his family had in store.
The next day his daughter, Nancy Voakes, told Becker they were going to out to the local country club for lunch. Becker arrived to find his entire family waiting to surprise him. Becker’s two other children were there, as well as several of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Many of whom traveled up from California to be there for the big day.
“I could not believe it,” Becker said. “That was awesome.”
Nancy noticed her dad had enjoyed the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” at the party the previous night so she made sure the D.J. at the country club had it loud enough for Becker to hear.
Becker hopped out of his seat and took to the dance floor where his granddaughter joined in on the fun.
“I always love to dance,” Becker said. “I felt the beat, I just couldn’t sit still.”
Local marine cadets also attended in their dress blues to honor Becker’s years of military service.
Becker “didn’t see any action” in World War II and continued to serve in the Marines until the Korean War, for which he received a Bronze Star Medal.
Becker doesn’t claim to have any special secrets to living a long life though he does enjoy “just a smattering” of rum in his coffee each morning even at 100 years old.
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