Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-01-12 20:24:41 –
Jacksonville, Florida – A good example of hilarious service is just one of the praises of World War II veterans on Monday for the surprise celebration of their 100th birthday.
Marlin Crider thanked the rally, but also took the time to remember his lost companions on Pearl Harbor, a historic day during the war.
“I didn’t expect me to succeed,” Crider told News4Jax, “I’m doing well” and “I’m trying to avoid getting into trouble.”
His birthday gathering was organized by a colleague at the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary Agency. The Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary Agency has praised Crider as the longest service and life member of the Auxiliary Agency-for over 40 years.
FHPA (ret.) I am honored to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Major Marlink Rider’s birth 🎂! He is our longest serving and living FHPA member. After serving with us for over 40 years, he retired in 2008. He is a PBY World War II veteran (Pearl Harbor and Midway). Happy Birthday Crider! 🇺🇸✈️🚔 pic.twitter.com/kibPPkbmC1
— FHPJacksonville (@FHPJacksonville) December 8, 2020
“I’m glad to see everyone. I miss them all. I really miss the highway patrol,” Crider said.
Crider will never forget the days he flew with the Royal Air Force in the Pacific Navy, Midway and Guadalcanal, just as he enjoyed the day.
He arrived at Pearl Harbor just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“I was as scared as everyone else. I didn’t know where the Japanese fleet was,” he said.
Does it protect our country or his neighborhood? “I just enjoy helping people,” Crider said.
Crider says he will try again if possible.
He is still driving and there is much more to his strong track record of supporting the community. For 16 years, he has provided meals on wheels and taught beekeeping.
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