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MOBILE, ALA. (WALA) – Private First Class Taylor Howard celebrated his 103rd birthday on Wednesday.

“It’s a really great day,” Howard said. “To be among the living at the age of 103. We thank you all for your support.”

Surrounded by friends and family at Senior Citizens Center in Dauphin Island Parkway, Howard smiled, took photos and even blew out his candles.

He was born in 1918. That year World War I ended, the Spanish Flu swept through the country, and Woodrow Wilson was President.

Private Howard belongs to the “greater generation”. He served with the 92nd Infantry Division Buffalo Soldiers during World War II.

Howard’s daughter, Sandra Howard-Adams, said her father is truly remarkable.

“We are blessed, on his side of the family, both of his parents lived to be almost 100 years old. He had a sister who died at 101, and his little sister just turned 100, so just the legacy, legacy, strength! He drove until the age of 97, “said Howard-Adams.

Howard-Adams also said his father operated children’s theaters in his neighborhood and his wit was just as sharp as ever.

“So many times as people get older you take it for granted that they’re just that old person around, but we never do. He has such an impact on our family, always on the community and still pretty engaging so just an honor to still have him around, ”said Howard-Adams.

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