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Lawton Veteran celebrates 102nd birthday

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A Lawton man celebrated a major milestone today with family and friends at the Lawton Fort Sill Veteran's Center.

Retired Sergeant Venice James was born April 19th, 1915. He served in World War Two and the Korean War, before returning to Lawton to work as a barber.

Friends say he was also active in the community, working with the NAACP and many local churches. Sergeant James says it feels like the beginning for him.

"Today, I'm 102. I'm just a kid… 50 years ago I never would have thought this would happen and it is. It's here today."

 James says he's witnessed a lot in the many years he's been here. When he was born Woodrow Wilson was president and the average price of a movie ticket was between seven and ten cents.

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