Veteran celebrates 100th birthday

Wave Staff Report

LOS ANGELES — A World War II veteran celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends June 12 through the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

Born on June 10, 1921, Herman Brown celebrated his birthday at his Los Angeles home surrounded by multiple generations of his family.

Brown, who served as a truck driver during his time in the U.S. Army, transported infantry soldiers and equipment before and during World War II.

“It’s a great day to be able to see my father make it to his 100th birthday,” said Mike Brown, Brown’s son and a fellow U.S. Army veteran. “To be here to celebrate my father’s birthday with all of our family and friends is just beautiful.”

The younger Brown, a resident of Houston, Texas, commented on the family’s willingness to travel from around the country to help the elder Brown celebrate his birthday.

“It feels very good to be able to get the family together to celebrate my dad,” Brown said. “I came in from Houston, Texas, and we have family here from San Antonio, family from Sacramento, and family here from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

“We aren’t able to get together as much as we should and everybody is here to support my dad. Today has been really enjoyable and we thank God for it.”