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World War II Vet Defying Age With Competitive Running

Check out this inspiring story of a Navy Veteran enjoying competitive running a the age of 100. "Keep moving" is Roy Englert's advice.


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defense.gov ~ "Englert, a 100-year-old World War II Navy veteran, recently said that ahead of his 36th appearance at the National Senior Games, which are like the Olympics for people over 50. And judging by his story, I'd say it's a pretty good summation of his life.


Either way, Englert has a pretty amazing story to tell. He grew up in Nashville during the Great Depression, and when his father died when he was 5, he had to help his mother take care of his sister. He got his first job at 19 while also getting a degree from Vanderbilt University. He joined the Naval Reserve his junior year of college and worked out a deal to join the war effort after graduation in 1943.

Englert was part of the massive force that took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. He served as a supply officer on a landing ship, or LST, that carried troops and equipment to the beachheads.


When he returned from the Pacific, Englert attended law school and settled in Washington, D.C., where he started a 22-year career with the Department of the Treasury. He eventually moved to a private law firm and business consulting before retiring at age 73." ~ defense.gov.





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