World War II veteran, Hubert Edwards celebrated his 100th birthday Oct. 27 at a country club in Carolina Lakes located in Sanford, N.C. where he lives.
The veteran, who fought in seven invasions in seven campaigns during his military career, marked another year of his life with a party that included cake, Family and friends.
Continuing the celebration, Edwards received a Fort Bragg tour Tuesday. His day started with a group photo at the Iron Mike statue with Col. Kyle Reed, Fort Bragg garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. William D. Lohmeyer, Fort Bragg garrison command sergeant major.
Reed said Edwards has done a lot for this country while shaking Edwards’ hand after a picture.
“Boy, you guys sure know how to make a guy feel special,” Edwards said smiling.
Edwards talked about his experiences in the military and the battles he has fought while serving.
“We all have done a lot for this country,” he said.
After departing from the area, he went to visit gun range OP12, also known as Big Sandy. There, fire-support specialist paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment performed a fire mission Edwards was able to observe. During this tour, he also had the opportunity to have lunch at the 82nd Sustainment Brigade dining facility.
Edwards joined the military in 1939, where he was assigned to 17th Field Artillery Battalion on Fort Bragg and retired as a sergeant in 1945. During his military career, he has gone to places including Tunisia, North Africa, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, southern France, Rhineland, central Europe and Sicily.
Edwards has been considered one of the oldest veterans alive still living in North Carolina.