Paul Goodman is a World War II veteran who was able to celebrate his 101st birthday this past Friday at his current residence, the Indiana Veterans' Home.
During his time in service, Goodman was a part of the nation's Navy and served as a fire control man. Goodman is a Bloomington native in Indiana and chose quite a different line of work when he returned home to the United States. Upon coming home, Goodman began his long career as a cabinet maker. Later in his life he was even a professor at Indiana University.
Goodman's family and friends came together to celebrate his special day. Fellow veterans and even two Pacemates also gathered for his birthday celebration.
When Goodman was asked how it feels to turn 101 years old, he playfully answered that it was the very first time he had ever done it.
“Life is not serious. The only thing serious in life is dying and that’s the last thing I’m going to do,” Goodman said.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence presented Goodman the Distinguished Hoosier Award in honor of his birthday.
This award was specifically established in order to recognize outstanding seniors for their lifetime of service to their communities. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a senior in Indiana and is usually given to a community's unsung hero in light of the impact they have made in the lives of others in their local community.
Goodman was also proud to share with reporters that he had received an honorary letter from President Barack Obama when he had turned 100 years old.
Goodman was incredibly grateful for the celebration that was held in his honor and for everyone that attended.
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