WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday in Texas – KIRO 7 news Seattle


AUSTIN, Texas – A World War II veteran who celebrated his 100th birthday this weekend received many wishes, including letters from President Joe Biden and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

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Henry Harlen Rogers was born on October 16, 1921, KVUE reported. He celebrated his 100th birthday at Pecan Ridge Memory Care in Austin, Texas, the broadcaster reported.

Rogers, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, enlisted in the military in January 1941 received his commission as first lieutenant in January 1943 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He was sent to Tampa, Florida, where the first mate married Betty Jane Warner on March 7, 1943, according to the Tampa Tribune. Rogers met his future wife at a USO dance in Joplin, Missouri, in the summer of 1942, according to KVUE.

They were married for 63 years until the death of Jane Warner Rogers on April 29, 2006.

Henry Rogers served in the South Pacific Theater during World War II and then fought in the Korean War, according to KVUE. He participated in the Berlin Airlift in the late 1940s and remained in the military until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1963, the TV channel reported.

Henry Rogers learned computer programming after retiring from the military and working for the Veterans Administration’s data center in South Austin, processing monthly benefits.

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He paid tuition at the University of Texas for his four children, all of whom graduated with a bachelor’s degree, as well as his wife, who graduated with a master’s degree, KVUE reported.

“It is a privilege to wish you a happy 100th birthday and to thank you for your service in the United States Army,” Biden wrote. “While birthday celebrations may look different in these difficult times, I hope you are proud of all that you have achieved throughout your life.”

Rogers is the second WWII veteran to celebrate his 100th birthday this week.

William T. Johnston, of Bryan, Texas, who served as a second-class carpenter second in the US Navy during World War II, turned 100 on Thursday, KAGS-TV reported.

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