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‘You only live once’: Dracut WWII vet celebrates 100th birthday with friends and family

DRACUT,Mass — Sound the alarm. There’s cause for celebration. It’s not every day you see triple digits on a birthday cake, but Pat Walor celebrated his 100th birthday with dozens of his family and friends in Dracut.

“I am happy that is all I got to say. I am glad they are all coming down because you only live once,” says Pat Walor.

And what a life he’s lived. As a young man he was wounded in combat while serving in the United States Army during WWII.

“We started with 12 million men who served in WWII, that is a lot of people and when you look around today all these years later pat is one of the few surviving WWII veterans that we have so he is in a pretty small group we have right now,” says John Deyermond, a retired Major General in the U.S. Army.

Pat is also one of the few centurions left in America. According to Boston University as of 2021 there were fewer than 90,000 of them.

“This really is a great celebration. We’re here today to recognize a man who made a major milestone in his life 100-year-old Army Veteran going strong,” says Deyermond.

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