A man named Bud Clauson celebrated a huge milestone on Sunday after living through some of the most significant moments in history.
Clauson lives at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, and he told the Springfield News-Leader he has no idea how he lived for so long, the outlet reported.
The man, who just celebrated his 100th birthday, noted, “But I’m still here for some reason. I don’t know what — you never know the Lord’s plan — but I’m glad to still be here.”
“I’ve been thinking about this all year,” he told the News-Leader.
Clauson was born on August 7, 1922, in Rockford, Illinois, and later reached the rank of Petty Officer Second Class while serving in the Navy.
He lived through four World War II invasions and worked transporting troops held on amphibious warships.
Prior to those experiences, he endured the Great Depression alongside his family.
Once he completed his military service, Clauson went back to his hometown for work, later retiring in Florida then moving to Springfield with his wife to be near their loved ones.
After she passed away in 2018, Clauson settled in at the veterans home.
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