Community holds surprise birthday party for 100-year-old veteran

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 100-year-old man who served in two wars received the surprise of a lifetime Monday night.

Carl Covino thought he was going to play cards at a senior center in Hamburg. When he arrived, he was surprised by friends and family ready to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Covino served in Korea and World War II and fought at the Battle of the Bulge under General George Patton.

He worked at Bethlehem Steel for 45 years before retiring in 1979.

Covino credits his longevity to hard work and the fact that he has never smoked. 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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