PENROSE, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado World War II veteran celebrated his 101st birthday in his hometown of Penrose.
John Sekulich was drafted before the war, but was sent home to take care of his father.READ MORE: George Pollard, High School Basketball Coach, Accused Of Sexual Assault
Sekulich then volunteered to return when the war began.
He was surrounded by loved ones who shared stories about his life on Saturday.READ MORE: Colorado Weather Experts Urge Drivers To 'Look Before You Lock'
Sekulich shared his secret to making it to 101 years old.
“Hard work. No smoking. No smoking. Never smoke in my life. Drank very little,” said Sekulich.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Killed After Entering Douglas County Home With Gun
He said, “Try to get along with everybody, and help those who need it.”