Black World War II Survivor From St. Louis Makes History, Turns 108 Years Old

willie bill dawson black world war ii veteran


Meet Willie “Bill” Dawson, a 108-year-old World War II soldier from St. Louis, Missouri. He claims that the key to living a long life is to be active all the time.



When he was young, Dawson participated in World War II as a Buffalo Soldier, a member of the 92nd Infantry Division. He did abroad duty in Italy for 17 months.


In his personal life, he claims to have been an active member of his church for over 90 years, where he has ushered and held several official posts. He was also a member and president of the Male Chorus, which was eventually named after him, for more than two decades.


He was still delivering Meals on Wheels at the age of 85. He was picked to throw out the first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals Major League baseball game at the age of 103.


He still lives in his house, which is known in the neighborhood for having the largest and most beautiful flower garden in the summer and lavish holiday decorations.


Aside from it, Dawson underlined the significance of his family in his long life. He was happily married to Doris for 61 years before she died. They are the parents of three children, two grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


Written by How Africa News

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