Veteran who survived four WWII invasions turns 100

A man named Bud Clauson celebrated a milestone on Sunday after experiencing some of the most important moments in history.

Clauson lives at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, and he told the Springfield News Manager he has no idea how he lived so long, the newspaper reported.

The man, who just celebrated his 100th birthday, said: “But I’m still here for some reason. I don’t know what — you never know the Lord’s plan — but I’m glad to still be here.

Clauson was born August 7, 1922, in Rockford, Illinois, and later rose to the rank of petty officer second class while serving in the Navy.

He lived through four World War II invasions and worked transporting detained troops on amphibious warfare vessels.

Video footage showed the history of amphibious operations during the war:

Prior to these experiences, he endured the Great Depression alongside his family, a historic event described as “the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world, lasting from the stock market crash of 1929 to 1939,” according to .

The site continues:

It started after the stock market crash of October 1929, which panicked Wall Street and wiped out millions of investors. In the following years, consumer spending and investment fell, leading to a sharp drop in industrial production and employment as failing companies laid off workers. In 1933, when the Great Depression bottomed out, some 15 million Americans were unemployed and almost half of the country’s banks had failed.

After his military service ended, Clauson returned to his hometown to work, then retired to Florida, then moved to Springfield with his wife to be near loved ones.

After her death in 2018, Clauson moved into the veterans’ home.

Several relatives reportedly attended his birthday party and Clauson looked forward to the celebration.

“I’ve been thinking about it all year,” he told the News-Leader.


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