World War II Veteran celebrates 100th birthday

BROOMFIELD, CO (KUSA) A Colorado World War II veteran celebrated a milestone birthday this weekend surrounded by friends and family and of course, plenty of cake.

Victor Nelson was born Oct. 1, 1916 and has made a few friends along the way.

“He never met a stranger,” his daughter-in-law Ruth Nelson said.

After 100 years, he’s seen a few things too: Sliced bread in 1928 and the first Super Bowl in 1967.

“I got married on $9.60 a week. And I bought (my wife) a ring, $25,” he said.

A baker and chef by trade, he was drafted into the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. Even though he was assigned to the engine room, he often helped the ship’s chef make rolls for the crew. On the captain’s birthday during the war, Nelson made something special.

“I made him a birthday cake,” he said.

Nelson still has his driver’s license and it’s good until 2019. He said he’s hung up his keys for his safety and everyone else’s.

“I’m gonna stick around for a while,” he said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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