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95-Year-Old Oregon World War II Vet Beats Virus, Says 'I Survived The Foxholes Of Guam, I Can Get Through This Bulls–t'

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In all this darkness, we are lucky to have a beam of light show up to tell us it's gonna be okay.

Sometimes, that light is a 95-year-old sassy WWII vet.


Rose Ayers-Etherington shared a pretty awesome story about her grandpa on Facebook.

"MY 95 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER CONTRACTED THE...VIRUS AND IS KICKING IT IN THE BUTT!!" she began.

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"He has underlying medical conditions," she went on.

"Stage 3 kidney disease, congenital heart disease and high blood pressure. But grandpa Bill is as tough as nails. He lived through the Great Depression and was amongst the first boots to set foot in the South Pacific during WW2. In his words - 'I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this...'"

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Grandpa Bill has some advice for folks struggling to get through this extremely hard time:

"Always be grateful. Thank God continually for what he has blessed you with. Don't get caught up in the peripheral things of this earth, because everything can disappear, just like that. Family is most important. Stick together, take care of each other."





"I am in no way downplaying the seriousness of this disease. It's real and it's here and it needs to be respected. Just hoping grandpa Bill's story will encourage you and put a smile on your face."

The levity comes at an important juncture, as over 700 Americans died yesterday from the disease.





The more good news we have in the coming month, the better.

Grandpa Bill is a member of the Silent Generation—the one that preceded the Baby Boomers and lived through a first world war and the Great Depression before fighting in WWII. The books The Greatest Generation is available here and The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections is available here.