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Local World War II Army veteran celebrates 100th birthday on Father’s Day

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida – This Father’s Day, was a double celebration for a South Florida veteran.

On Sunday, World War II Army veteran Paul Weitzenkom celebrated his 100th birthday in Fort Lauderdale surrounded by family and friends.

The grandfather shared his feelings about reaching the milestone.

“I haven’t thought about it much, but when I thought about it, I was hopeful that I make it,” he said.

In 1939, Weitzenkom and his family escaped Nazi Germany, when he was 16 years old.

He enlisted in the Army and trained at Camp Ritchie in Maryland once he was old enough.

 

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