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WI World War II veteran is honored on his 100th birthday

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) -

This year's Veterans Day was really something special for one vet in Chippewa Falls, who was also celebrating his 100th birthday party.

World War II vet Harold Baughman was honored at Wissota Place Senior Living Saturday. He was presented with a citation from Rep. Kathy Bernier (R - Lake Hallie) acknowledging his military service.

Baughman fought in the Battle of the Bulge, one of the last major German offensives of the War. The American Legion also honored him for 69 years of service to their organization, with a certificate signed by their national commander.

Baughman said he is fortunate to have great life and a great family, but he explained it is important, especially on Veteran's Day weekend, to remember the soldiers who didn't come home.

"I am just awfully fortunate to be alive. I lost an awful lot of my buddies in the service over there. I will tell you it is something we should never forget. We have got to remember every year the sacrifices that were made on our behalf in all the wars," Baughman told News 18.

To give some prospective on turning 100 years old, Baughman, who still has his license but chooses not to drive, had his first driving experience in the Ford Model T. He said his secret to living so long is faith in the Lord.

Baughman will officially turn 100 on Monday. 

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