Michigan World War II veteran Isaac “Ike” Fabela will turn 100 years old on June 6, and all he wants is 100 birthday cards from supporters across the country.
Fabela was born in 1918 in Texas. He served in World War II from 1944 to 1946. It was 74 years ago when Fabela almost saw combat during WWII – he was removed from a boat bound for Normandy on D-Day, which was also on his 26th birthday, one of his eight daughters, Lolie, told Fox News.
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“When someone calls him a hero, it touches his heart. But he doesn’t feel like he deserves that title. He always says that the young men who didn’t make it back are the heroes,” Lolie said.
“It’s amazing, the things he remembers. The stories he can tell – he’s like a walking history book,” Lolie added.
“He’s always been that uncle that, whenever you see him, he puts a smile on your face. He’s a very humble man; he says he has everything he needs already,” Nick Rodgers, Fabela’s great-nephew, told Fox.
Fabela’s family said he will anxiously be watching the mail each day and hopes he can celebrate his 100 years with 100 cards.
For most of his life, Fabela lived in Montrose, Michigan,.
Fabela is very well-respected in his community, his daughter said.
Fabela’s community has planned a number of celebrations for his birthday, but: “He is a very humble man and says that he’s never done anything to deserve all this. But he has,” Lolie said.
You can mail a birthday card to Fabela at:
C/O Nick Rodgers
PO Box 3112
Montrose, MI 48457