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100-year-old WWII veteran honored in Kingston

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Some special guests at a very special birthday party Sunday in Kingston. Time Warner Cable News reporter Karen Tararache has more on this celebration.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- One hundred years is quite a milestone to reach and for one World War II and Korean War veteran in Kingston, it was a birthday the entire community wanted to help celebrate.

"He's a great man and a great American," said Jim Doonan, Steven "Pat" Doonan's nephew.

Pat Doonan is a decorated World War II veteran. His 100th birthday celebration was attended by nearly one hundred people including family, many friends and even political admirers.

Congressman Chris Gibson said, "We are deeply indebted to Pat and to all those in his generation. And I'm here on behalf of the three quarters of a million people in the nineteenth congressional district to say thank you."

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo said, "We're here to honor and recognize someone who rose to the occasion not only for our country but for our community."

A humble man, Doonan didn't have too much to say about his service to our country except, "I was always fair with my men. I never overlooked my men."

Others have plenty to say about this hero's sacrifice.

Doonan's nephew said, "Pat's the stuff of legends I grew up with all the stories. He's a boxer, he was in Europe in World War II. Just truly the stuff of legends."

"Well, to celebrate anybody's 100th birthday is a fantastic thing, but in Pat's case it's really special," said Bill Forte, the Kingston Veterans Association Chairman.

To sum up one hundred years of wisdom, Doonan said, "Age don't matter!"

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