World War II Veteran Honored Before 101st Birthday

ENGLAND, AR - Even at an age a lot of us long to get too W.R. Roberts at 100, can still sit with his grandson and son-in-law sharing stories of when he served during WWII.

"Going fishing, swimming," said Roberts.

Roberts says he didn't head off to the United States Navy until he was 30-years-old, all because of a friend.

"He told me let me take you up to Little Rock and get you in the Navy before the Army get you, well I went up there and they wanted me to sign up for the next day, I said man I can't do that, I was joking with him, I can't pay the interest on the money I owe," laughed Roberts.

He paid the price as a Seabee, one of the stops before heading overseas, Rhode Island.

"And that was the coldest place I ever seen in my life."

Part of the Navy construction battalion from 1943 to 1945 he was honored by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs at Cavalier Health Care in England, Arkansas for his service.

Robert's daughter Marion Harp says the only way to describe her dad being 100 and in such great health in mind and body is amazing.

"That he could go through all that and be the places he's been never got hurt injured, said Harp."

When asked if he would do it all over again,

"Well if I was the same age, I'd do it over again, I guess I could, but right now I wouldn't give a dime to go back and see everything," said Roberts.

But when he does want to take a trip down memory lane,

"Once in awhile I get that book out and look at it."

he says he doesn't want to get it tore up, one day he will pass it down to his daughter.

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