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Texas WWII Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 04:45 PM CDT
HOUSTON, Tx-- Texas WWII veteran James Roberts is celebrating a major milestone this week.

He's celebrating his 100th Birthday.

At Saint James Missionary Baptist Church, they call him 'Deek,' short for Deacon, a role he's had for 40 years.

"The things that he's done. The great things that he's done just made me overwhelmed," said Sherron Fowler, Roberts' daughter.

This week, Roberts is celebrating his 100th birthday and he says he is still doing what his mom taught him.  "You got two ears and two eyes. You keep them open. But you keep your mouth shut."

To him, that includes bragging about war medals. He has two, both bronze stars. Though, he won't say where to find them or share the whole story on how he earned them.  "That's one thing you had to do, even in that time, you had to keep your mouth shut."

Roberts says he survived a Japanese attack, obeying orders learned in training. He crawled into a ditch and fought to the end.  "I was very lucky. I was probably the only black boy to survive."

He's gone on to see his share of good and bad, but if you ask 'Deek' what keeps him going, he just quotes scripture.  "It says honor thy father and thy mother that they days may lengthen upon the land and I obeyed my mother." Texas WWII Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

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