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World War II veteran Wilborn Vaughn celebrates 100th birthday in style

By KRISTA JOHNSON | Montgomery Advertiser, Ala. | Published: May 2, 2020

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(Tribune News Service) — Geared with specialized signs, balloons and a firetruck, family and friends of Wilborn Vaughn stood outside the Capitol Hill Healthcare center Friday morning to wish the World War II veteran a happy birthday.

It's the 100th birthday Vaughn has celebrated, although it was likely the first social distancing style.

Unable to visit Vaughn since March due to the coronavirus, those who care for him drove down from Selma and up from Florida to try and make the day special.

Vaughn was born May 3, 1920 in Jefferson County, Alabama and was the oldest of eight. His father was a farmer and also served as a Presbyterian minister and his mother was a homemaker. They ran a country store.

He graduated from Blount County High School in 1939 and went on to attend Athens College (now Athens State University) for two years.

He was drafted into WWII in 1942. In the U.S. Army, he spent time in Japan.

"During times like these, it's so important to hold onto the good things in life and celebrate when we can," Amaryllis Pearson, Capitol Hill's recreation therapy director, said in a news release. "Mr. Vaughn has lived a long life and deserves to see how much people love and care for him."

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