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A man who spent most of his life protecting our country celebrates his 100th birthday today. News 25’s Kendra Turley introduces us to the well-decorated veteran and birthday boy James O. Lindsey.
As a retired Army Master Sergeant and World War II veteran, James O. Lindsey accomplished a lot during his 28 years of federal military service. Lanora Demoran, James O. Lindsey’s daughter, said, “My father is somewhat of a perfectionist, I guess you would say, and I think I caught a little bit of that from him.”
Caregivers from Camellia Home Health and Hospice worked hard to organize the party in Vancleave this afternoon as a way to celebrate the well decorated veteran’s 100th birthday. Camellia Home Health and Hospice Regional Director Nicole Tudela said, “He means a lot to the company and he means a lot to the community, his family, everybody. He’s like family to us.”
“(Tell me about today. Were you surprised?) You better believe it, girl! I wasn’t expecting nothing like this,” said Lindsey.
Patriot Guard riders, local law enforcement, and members from the community stopped by a private home in Vancleave to wish Lindsey happy birthday and thank him for his service. “I’m just so glad that he can relate some of his memories from the years. He may not be able to tell you what happened last week, but he can tell you something that happened 80 years ago.”
The milestone birthday celebration drew in an impressive collection of gifts. Lindsey received a flag that was flown over the United States capitol, recognition from Governor Phil Bryant and Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran declared March 20th as James Lindsey Day. “This beats dying,” said Lindsey, “I never realized I’d have something like this.”

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