Three Vets Over a Century Old Celebrate Birthdays

SCRANTON — Three area veterans received a special birthday party in Scranton Wednesday evening.  All three vets are 102 years old or more!

Organizers at the Geno Merli Ceterans Center put together a birthday dinner celebration for all three.

Carl Neu turned 104 years old on Wednesday.  Arthur Pesotine and William Roberts both turned 102 this year!

Roberts told Newswatch 16 he survived a shrapnel wound during World War II.

“Today I’m celebrating, I’m glad to be here and I’m lucky to be here,” said Roberts.

“It’s just unbelievable, I never thought that something like this would take place, my father, in the health that he is in, it’s just absolutely amazing,” said his son, Richard Roberts of Wilkes-Barre.

William Roberts earned a purple heart for his service and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

Happy birthday to these amazing veterans!

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