When we hear about World War II, it’s usually through books or films concerning history. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that some of the protagonists from that period are still living among us.
US Marine Coy Shue is one of them. Shue made it through the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the biggest battles of World War II, and turned 99 years old last Thursday.
Fortunately, this hero got the party he deserved for his 99th birthday in Charlotte, where he lives with his family.
Friends, the local Marine Corps League and, of course, his family, his wife of 72 years, Doris, and his two sons, were all there.
“Well, I’m lucky,” Shue told Channel9wsoctv. “Been through the war and come through, 99 years old.”
“He’s a hero, and there aren’t that many lefts”
Shue remembers very well one of the most important moments of his life, which happened during the Battle of Iwo Jima. As he explained, the terrifying experience changed him into the person he is now.
“On Iwo Jima, a bomb landed in the hole with me and didn’t go off, and I said right there, ‘Lord, I’ll be a good person for the rest of my life and serve you,” Shue explained to Channel9wsoctv.
And he’s stuck to that promise. “He’s just a good man. That’s all he wants to be known as, and that’s what he’s been all his life” son, Rob Shue, said.
“He’s a hero, and there aren’t that many lefts, so I’m so proud of him.”
Shue’s sons were inspired by their father’s dedication for their country and both became Marines themselves.
“Trust in God”
But this United States Marine veteran, who fought for his country during one of the biggest battles of World War II, doesn’t think of himself as a hero.
“I just did my job, not a hero… heroes died. I just did my job, like the rest of the servicemen. We fought for that flag, and it’s a symbol that we love.”
When asked which lesson he would like to share after his long life, he said: “I just wish everybody would think before they do anything. Trust in God. He’s the answer. He was my answer. He followed me all through the war, every day. I pledged the Lord’s prayer, he spared me,” Shue said.
It’s impressive to see how a person who risked his life for his country can be so genuinely humble.
I hope God keeps this great veteran with us for many more years. Happy Birthday to this hero!