CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4)– December 7, 1941, known as the day that will live in infamy. The day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii bringing the United States into World War II.

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For Jim Burghardt, Dec. 7, 2018 will be remembered as the celebration of his 100th birthday at the Holly Creek Retirement Community in Centennial. He is also a World War II veteran.

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“Japan never should have bombed Pearl Harbor. They shouldn’t have awakened the sleeping giant. They should have stayed in the far eastern Pacific,” he said.

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But the conflict engulfed so much more. From the battlefields of Europe came German prisoners of war.

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Burkhardt’s job to keep watch of them, commanding a prisoner of war camp in England. His brother John was a prisoner of war in Germany.

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As the war went on, Burghardt remembers, “They kept telling us, ‘You’re going to be home for Christmas’ but they didn’t say what year.”

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He finally got to go home. The Chicago-born man became a Denver City and County employee.

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Now at 100 years old, he has some strong opinions and strong advice for anyone else with the ambition to turn 100.

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“In one word, moderation. Do everything, eat drink, not in excess, but in moderation.”

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