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Retired Army Sgt. Major Justus Belfields offers 1 last salute on Veterans Day—the day before he went “home” to be with the Lord. (Reuters)
The old soldier was determined to hang on for one last Veterans Day, one last salute.
Then Justus Belfield, known as “Jay,” told people he was ready to go “home.”
Which he did—the very next day.
In honor of Veterans Day, Belfield, a 98-year-old World War II veteran, donned his Army uniform one last time, even though he was too weak to leave his bed at an upstate New York nursing home.
The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reportedthat Belfield had worn his uniform every Veterans Day since he and his wife moved into Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Glenville, outside Albany, several years ago. On Nov. 11, the former master sergeant wasn’t able to get out of bed to participate in the facility’s Veterans Day festivities, so he had the staff dress him in his uniform.
A photograph accompanying the newspaper’s story published Friday shows Belfield saluting while lying in bed. The nursing home staff said he died early last Wednesday morning.
Belfield, originally from Utica, spent 16 years in the Army. In December 1944, during World War II, Belfield took part in the Battle of the Bulge and earned the rank of master sergeant. He received several discharges over the years and each time re-enlisted right away. He also served during the Korean War, when he worked as a recruiter in Syracuse, New York.
Written by Mark Andrews
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