The silver star holder said in a recent interview that serving his country in WWII was the most important thing he ever did.
U.S. Marine Carl Spurlin Dekel, who fought in World War II broke down during an interview with FOX 13 about the state of the country. The veteran celebrated his 100th birthday last week and got emotional while talking about how vastly different the country has changed since his time serving during the war. “People don’t realize what they have. The things we did and the things we fought for and the boys that died for it, it’s all gone down the drain,” he said as he got emotional.
World War II veteran Carl Spurlin Deke turned 100-years-old on June 29th and began crying as he reflected on the current state of America.https://t.co/xW4v6d1rVN— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 3, 2022
“We haven’t got the country we had when I was raised, not at all,” he continued. “Nobody will have the fun I had. Nobody will have the opportunity I had. It’s just not the same and that’s not what our boys, that’s not what they died for.” The centenarian hopes that current and future generations can appreciate the sacrifices of those who fought for the country. He is also trying to focus on the positive. "You just remember everything’s beautiful and live every day to the fullest. Just enjoy everything you possibly can," he said moments later. "And here I sit at 100. They tell me I'm 100. I don't believe it sometimes. Because I don't need to worry about age. I'm not going to, I just keep on keeping on."
The veteran's statements came the same day as the country lost the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from WWII. Hershel “Woody” Williams died on Wednesday. He was 98 years old. The West Virginia native received his medal during the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. After that, he worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 33 years. He also started the Woody Williams Foundation to support Gold Star families and built a monument in their honor. "We're in all 50 states," he previously told CBS News. The late U.S. Marine's last public appearance was on Memorial Day, where he participated in a veterans' event in Huntington, West Virginia. At the time he spoke to local media that the event gave him hope for a resurgence of patriotism in the U.S.
"I’ve been at this probably 25 to 30 times, but I believe today we had more honor wreaths than we’ve ever had before, and that’s encouraging," Williams shared, according to FOX 6 Now. "It gives me encouragement that we’re coming back and that we will again be that the United States of America that had so much patriotism and love of country."