My Name Is... John Sekulich

Lakewood resident is World War II veteran

Joseph Rios
jrios@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/8/20

About me I just celebrated my 103rd birthday, and I’m still going strong. When I turned 100, Barack Obama sent me a letter telling me happy birthday. I grew up on a farm in Penrsoe, Colorado with …

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My Name Is... John Sekulich

Lakewood resident is World War II veteran

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About me

I just celebrated my 103rd birthday, and I’m still going strong. When I turned 100, Barack Obama sent me a letter telling me happy birthday.

I grew up on a farm in Penrose, Colorado with eight sisters. I don’t have any children, but I am a grandfather. I met my wife Charlotte in Cañon City, and we got married in 2007. We like to go to the Clements Community Center in Lakewood. We exercise there once a week and will eat lunch there. We’ve met a lot of new people there. It’s really nice to get to know other people who are also elderly.

I’m a World War II veteran, and last year, I got to be part of the Honor Flight. They take veterans to Washington D.C. I got to see all of the memorials and the Arlington National Cemetery out there for free. It was really nice.

World War II vet

I got drafted when I was 21 and took a leave of absence to go take care of my father when he became ill. After he recovered, I reenlisted back into the army, because I figured it’s my duty. After that, I went to go train to go to Japan, but they eventually surrendered.

I worked as an army communications tech sergeant during the war, and I fought in the Battle of the Bulge. That battle lasted for a little bit over a month and took place in the Ardennes region of Belgium. It was Hitler’s last major offensive effort along the Western Front.

There were around 75,000 casualties in the Battle of the Bulge, but I survived. Today, I’m still alert, and enjoying living in Lakewood with Charlotte.

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