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There have been few instances in the life of Robert Strohm II where he found himself speechless. One of those moments came early on Saturday afternoon when he was surrounded by family and friends as a motorcade greeted him at his Auburn home on Saturday.

About 15 vehicles took part in a car parade celebrating Strohm’s 99th birthday outside his residence on Nelson Street, even though his actual date of birth is October 12. Although Strohm, a WWII veteran, said all support was given to him. silent at one point, he didn’t stay that way for long.

He greeted the various supporters, including members of local law enforcement, who briefly stopped in front of him to chat or kiss him. With a cane by his side with the insignia of the US Navy on it, Strohm approached the various people around him with an ever-present smile on his face, making a point of making a joke with each person on. his path.

Some people approached him with their arms hanging from the front doors of their cars, grabbing cards or balloons, quick to greet him with cheerful cries. The event was organized by Cher Guariglia, Strohm’s neighbor for over 35 years.

Strohm served as a medic in the US Navy and was part of the Amphibious Naval Forces, said his son, Robert “Bob” Strohm III. Strohm II was in the Navy from 1941 to 1945 and had visited places such as Sicily and the south of France. After the war he moved from Kansas City to Auburn. He worked at International Harvester from the late 1940s to early 1950s, then worked for the American Locomotive Co. for 35 years before retiring.

Sitting in a chair at his home for a while before the parade began, Strohm said he was unsure why he should be honored.

“Thousands of other guys have done more than me, but of course my neighbors, they’re so good to me,” he said.

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