Retired Army Colonel Celebrating 95 Years of Life

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It's a celebration nearly a century in the making.

Saturday afternoon hundreds of people gathered at the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veteran's Museum in Huntsville for a very special birthday.

He's the most decorated World War II Veteran still with us and this weekend Retired Army Colonel M. B. Etheredge is celebrating 95 years of life.

It was a time to celebrate Saturday in Huntsville.

Army Colonel M.B. Etheredge hit a new milestone with his family and friends, hitting the ripe old age of 95.

It's been quite a journey along the way at that.

"I feel humbled buddy, humble, and I do mean that. The good man's been good to me but I'm healthy," said Retired Army Colonel M.B. Etheredge, of Huntsville.

Before becoming a World War II hero, Etheredge was a school superintendent in Brazoria County at just 26 years-old.

By the time he was 27, he volunteered to join the Army because America was at war.

"Buddy , I just had to go, I had responsibilities you know," Etheredge recalled.

He worked his way up from being a private to eventually a colonel and was awarded various medals along the way including three Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and most recently the Texas Medal of Honor.

He also received recognition this week from Governor Rick Perry.

One of the bloodiest conflicts he saw during World War II was when the Allied Forces invaded the beach head at Anzio, Italy.

"May 23, 1944, we broke off Anzio, we had 186 men and four hours later, I was the only one of six officers left and had 42 men," Etheredge said.

"He was discharged after his feet froze after he captured Rome and he almost lost his feet and very, very thankful that he didn't," said Ginny Thompson, Etheredge's daughter.

Thompson said her father has been called to serve in many ways including as an educator, Army officer, two term State Representative and as a parent.

"One thing that he did tell me at one time he said honey when I die, the one thing I want people to be able to say about me is that he was an honest man and he is. He's honest about everything that he tries to do," Thompson said.

It's an honesty and humility we encountered with Colonel Etheredge during our time with him Saturday.

"Sometimes I think I get more attention than I deserve, course a lot of boys gave everything they had and just died. I'm lucky to live," Colonel Etheredge said.

Even though he's five years shy of 100 Colonel Etheredge still hasn't slowed down.

He tell us he's blessed with good genes and has a kid brother who is 93.

He's also an avid golfer and fisherman. In fact he caught a nine pound bass about two weeks ago.