World War II veteran turns 100 on Memorial Day

World War II veteran turns 100 on Memorial Day

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

About 16.1 million Americans served to protect our country in World War II. One of those heroes celebrated a major milestone on this Memorial Day. 

Born on this day 100 years ago in Brooklyn, New York, Nathan Luger has served this country his whole life. He joined the Army in 1938, and was then assigned to the 11th Air Force, 77th Bomb Squadron. A card-carrying member of the "I bombed Japan" club, Luger said he vividly remembers his mission.

"We carried about six to eight bombs, 500 lb. bombs, on the airplane. We made it to Japan with the fuel we had and dropped our bombs in the Kuriles islands," Luger said.

During his service in World War II, Luger said President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats were some of his fondest memories.

"We'd all sit around the radio, we didn't have TV those days, to listen to FDR and he would tell us how the war was going," Luger said.

Luger retired from the Air Force in 1958 as a Chief Master Sergeant, where he then moved to Lubbock with his wife. Through all these years, he said every Memorial Day is the same: Remembering those he served with. 

"It makes you think how precious that your freedom is here that we enjoy in our country. When I see those things of the people that gave their lives, I realize how precious freedom is. I really do," Luger said.

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