A resident of the Indiana Veterans’ Home in West Lafayette is celebrating his 100th birthday on Wednesday.
World War II veteran Paul Goodman celebrated the century mark with a party in his honor. Friends and family met him with a round of applause and plenty of handshakes as he entered his party.
Goodman served in the Navy on the U.S.S Commencement Bay Aircraft Carrier.
His granddaughter, Christy Hilton, said she is lucky to have her grandfather in her life.
“It is so very important to serve your country, but also to just absolutely do your part in the world. He’s always stood for integrity, and honesty and to be fair. He’s been an amazing influence. I couldn’t imagine life without him,” said Hilton. “I say I love him and he’ll say, ‘Be good.’ But on my wedding day, he did hug me and told me he loved me. And I know that he does because shows me everyday.”
Lafayette City councilman Ron Campbell and State Rep. Sheila Klinker also attended to celebrate with Goodman.
Goodman said the secret to a long life is the love of a woman.