Chattanooga World War II veteran Jesse Seeley turns 100


    In Chattanooga, Mayor Andy Berke named the day to be "Jesse Seeley Day," as the American hero reaches a milestone birthday. (Images: WTVC)

    Tuesday isn't just March 5th, 2019.

    In Chattanooga, Mayor Andy Berke named the day to be "Jesse Seeley Day," as the American hero reaches a milestone birthday.

    "Didn't feel much different from 99," says Mr. Seeley, "I'm still hanging on."

    Jesse is a World War II veteran. Mr. Seeley was a navigator in the 8th Air Force and was a POW for nearly 18 months after his plane was shot down over Germany on November 26, 1943.

    "I lost from 145 pounds down to 115 while I was a POW," he says.

    "I had some close calls, and I made it through them."

    Mr. Seeley shared some of those moments when we first met him back in 2014 in our Price of Freedom segment.

    He fought in the war with his brother Albert. One of his darkest days was finding out his brother was declared dead in 1945.

    "He was flying on a B-24 and he went down in the Pacific while I was a prisoner of war," says Mr. Seeley.

    Jesse has seen and done a lot in a century, but he's most proud of being a husband of 74 years and a father of four.

    "There's nothing more important than family. You learn that when you lose your wife and daughter," he says.

    He still enjoys life and plans to keep it that way for a while.

    "My grandson called this morning and said I might make it to 150."

    Mr. Seeley served our country for 28 years.


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