WWII Veteran Celebrates 100 Years


    Clauson, who lives in The Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, said to The Springfield News-Leader he has no idea how he lasted this many years.

    The man recently had his 100th birthday celebration and said “But I'm here for reasons. I'm not sure of the reason -you don't get to know what God's plan is — but I'm happy to be still here.”

    Clauson was born the 7th of August, 1922 in Rockford, Illinois, and later rose to the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class, while serving with the Navy.

    He was a part of all four World War II invasions and was a transporter for troops by amphibious ships.

    Video footage revealed the history of amphibious operations during conflict:

    Prior to that, he was also a victim of the Great Depression alongside his family which was a historic event that was described in the context of “the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world, lasting from the stock market crash of 1929 to 1939,” according to History.com.

    The site continued to say:

    It all began with the crash in stock markets of October 1929 that drove Wall Street into a panic and drove out thousands of investments. Through the years, the amount of consumer spending and investment fell, leading to massive reductions in industrial output as well as the number of jobs created as failed firms laid off employees. In 1933, the year that the Great Depression reached its lowest stage, around fifteen million Americans were unemployed and almost half of the nation's banks had collapsed.

    After completing the military, Clauson went back to his hometown to work. He then retired to Florida and then relocated back to Springfield along with his spouse in order to be closer to their family and friends.

    Following her death in 2018, Clauson was admitted to the home for veterans.


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