WWII Veteran Celebrates 102nd Birthday: “Blessed” and “Grateful” for Community Support
It was a rare but happy sight on New Year’s Eve, as a procession of cars, fire trucks and ambulances drove through the cold neighborhood streets to wish Stanley Tauber very warm birthday wishes. from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, a World War II Veteran who turned 102.
Members of the city’s American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion took part in the anniversary drive-by.
Additionally, local Hastings-on-Hudson firefighters and paramedics – all volunteers – also honored Stanley Tauber by participating in the parade, turning on their lights and blowing sirens in his honor.
Tauber said he felt “blessed” and “grateful” for all the attention of his neighbors, friends and others in the village.
Normally her friends and neighbors would have thrown a good old-fashioned in-person birthday party for Tauber – the kind we all cherish (and miss). But because the recent spread of the omicron variant has prevented him, those closest to him have found another way to honor him.
(They weren’t going to be discouraged!)
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Village resident Bryan Healy was a leader in the birthday parade efforts for Tauber this year and last year.
Healy told Fox News Digital: “As the commander of our local Sons of the American Legion squadron, I was very happy to honor Mr. Tauber’s service to our community and to our country by hosting the drive-by. anniversary on December 31, 2021. It was the second year, we did it “, he added,” since we could not organize a more traditional celebration because of the pandemic “.
“Our village has only a few veterans of WWII left,” Healy also said, “and the Sons of the Legion stand ready to continue their legacy of service and patriotism.”
The US Department of Veterans Affairs says that of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, approximately 240,000 are alive today.
Ron Paquette, Chief of the Hastings-on-Hudson Fire Department, told Fox News Digital: “Happiest birthday to Stanley Tauber from all of us at the Hastings-on-Hudson Volunteer Fire Department . We love to be part of a birthday-by campaign, especially for Stanley who turns 102. “
He added, “Be well, Stanley. Thank you for your service to our country! See you next year !
“My father has been very honored to serve his country. To this day he feels blessed and grateful for all we have here in America.”
Carol DeAngelis told Fox News Digital how happy her father, Stanley, was with all the attention on her birthday and how much she and her family appreciated the caring gesture from so many people. “He was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the community,” she said.
She also said her father was sorry that more people couldn’t attend because of COVID, including her own son, David, and stepdaughter, Lorrie.
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Of his time in the military during WWII, DeAngelis said, “My father was very honored to serve his country. To this day he feels blessed and grateful for all we have here in America.”
Tauber served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. He was a master sergeant in the 500th Bomb Squadron in New Guinea, in the South Pacific.
A native of Yonkers, New York, he joined the Foreign War Veterans (VFW) 200 post in 1959 and served as the post commander in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 2000 – then as quartermaster for another 12 years.
For more than 70 years, he made his home in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, where he and his late wife Virginia raised their daughter Carol and son David.
He is the proud grandfather of five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
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His family says that in addition to being “a devoted husband and father,” he excelled in his career as a tool and die maker for over 35 years. He worked at the Anaconda wire and cable manufacturing plant, located in Hastings-in-Hudson for many years, as well as at Refined Sugars & Syrups in Yonkers.
He remembers hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 when he was young. “I was just devastated. I couldn’t get over the fact that someone was bombing our country,” he said a few years ago in a video interview with a project “Veterans Living History “made in Greenburgh, NY
He didn’t have to come into the service, he said – but “I volunteered because I wanted to help save our country.”
After enlisting, he took his basic training in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and then transferred to the Air Force, he said. From there, he traveled to Denver, Colorado, for weapons training.
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“I went overseas around March 1943,” he said, and “we went from California to Brisbane, Australia, and then” finally to Port Moresby, New Guinea, in the South Pacific. “I was there to save our country and do anything [took] to save our country. I haven’t seen any [other nation] take control of the United States of America.
In 2017, Tauber was honored in his hometown of Hastings during the village’s Memorial Day parade; he served as a parade grand marshal. In 2019, his hometown declared December 31 Stanley Tauber Day in recognition of his 100th birthday.
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Members of the American Legion Auxiliary who cheered on Tauber on his 102nd birthday said of the experience: “We were happy to be there for him.”
A veteran who competed said: “It was awesome. It was the right thing to do.
To see a view of Tauber’s 102nd birthday parade, watch the video at the top of this article, or Click here to access it.