Whatever accomplishment you may feel you’ve achieved in life, it’s a good bet that you haven’t done something nearly as epic as a routine and daily workout. When you’re 105.
Seriously – 105, and still working out every day. It’s probably why he made such a great and honorable soldier – discipline, discipline to the last.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ray Chavez – former seaman, veteran of World War II, and the oldest living Pearl Harbor Survivor.
Independent Journal Review reports:
…while aboard the USS Condor, Seaman first class Chavez sank a Japanese midget submarine before returning to the nightmare attack in the harbor.
While he does not talk much about his harrowing experience, he was surely lucky to make it out alive.
Even at 105, the veteran kicked off his three-day celebration at his favorite spot – the gym.
And then, of course, my favorite line:
Every Tuesday and Friday, this American badass works out with his trainer and his birthday was no exception.
“I’m not a hero. I did what I did because I volunteered and I enjoyed doing it. I will never forget it for the rest of my life, I don’t know how long that will be.”
Now, Ray doesn’t call himself a hero. But I do. Given the circumstances, the feelings that Americans had after both Pearl Harbor and 9/11 are pretty similar.
They don’t call themselves heroes because, typically, they don’t feel any different than a normal person. But that’s kind of the point – it’s not that someone needs to do something extra special to be hero.
It’s that thing that appears so normal to them, that urge to protect – that, in fact, is special.
It’s just doesn’t seem that way to people to whom it comes naturally.
Chavez is a hero. No matter how he feels about it. Certainly no matter how liberals feel about it.
Happy birthday, Seaman 1st Class Ray Chavez. And thank you.
Source: Independent Journal Review