Arkansas's oldest WWII vet feels great on 105th birthday

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Arkansas's longest-living World War II veteran said he still feels good Saturday while celebrating his 105th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

Claude Bell Sr. was born June 3, 1918, in Gillett, Arkansas, and has dedicated his life to his family and his nation."I tell people Papa was active all his life, and he's 105, now," Shawn Bell, grandson of Bell Sr., said."So, hopefully, I got those genes."

"He was a good father. He took care of his family. He was a gentleman," Claude Bell Jr. said."He didn't talk a whole lot, but, when he did, there was command in the voice." "He was an Army medic during World War II. He did not really talk about that, but he was stationed in England, France, and Belgium," Shawn Bell, grandson of Bell Sr., said."I think that is really cool just to imagine what he saw on the battlefield. We cannot comprehend that today."

 

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