A Vandalia Pearl Harbor survivor celebrated his belated 100th birthday on Veterans Day.
Frank Ruby woke up to the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
Although his birthday is Nov. 1, family and friends thought it would be fitting to celebrate the veteran and all the other American heroes Saturday at the VFW on Wilmington Pike.
“They give their lives, dedicate their lives to the mission to keep us safe and to keep us free,” Ruby’s daughter Linda Kelly said. “Veterans Day is a day we can honor them.”
More than 2,000 U.S. service members were killed at Pearl Harbor and another 1,200 were wounded.