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WWII Muskogee veteran credits late wife for making it to 100th birthday

Posted at 3:06 PM, Aug 05, 2020

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Donald Hamilton’s centennial birthday was rung in with a parade Wednesday.

When asked how he felt about turning 100, Hamilton said, “Feeling good. Strange thing, a few days ago I didn’t think I’d make it. All of a sudden, I just said, ‘Yes, I will.’”

That attitude and another token have pushed him all this way.

“If you don’t toot your own horn, it may not get tooted,” Hamilton said.

His and many other horns tooted during the 20-minute-long parade that went right past Hamilton’s house.

“I can't even imagine a day I've enjoyed this much,” Hamilton said.

He credits his wife for the secret to turning 100.

Hamilton said, “I suppose that 73 years with the gal you love and, boy, it made me realize how much I cared for her.”

He and Mollie Hamilton had five boys together. She passed in September.

“I got my picture and hers in every room of the house," Hamilton said. "I’m as proud of her as all the people she put on Earth.”

The 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren are a few of Hamilton’s life-long accomplishments.

“We don’t have a big enough place to get the whole bunch together,” Hamilton boasted.

The front yard did the trick for some of them.

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