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100-Year-old Veteran Cries on Birthday: ‘This Is Not the Country We Fought For’

100-year-old Carl Dekel’s interview with local media went viral due to the centenarian’s heart wrenching message about modern America

World War II veteran Carl Dekel celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this month and was interviewed by a local news station that captured the centenarian delivering poignant words that have since gone viral.

The aged Marine, in his dress uniform with medals adorning his chest, was reflecting on his long life when he condemned how the country had changed while speaking to Tampa Bay’s Fox 13.

“Nowadays, I am so upset that the things that we did, and the things that we fought for, and them boys that died for, it’s all gone down the drain,” said Dekel. “Our country’s going to hell in a hand basket.”

“We haven’t got the country we had when I was raised, not at all. Nobody will ever have the fun I had, nobody will ever have the opportunity I had,” said Dekel, choking back tears.

Dekel stopped for a moment to regain his composure as the interviewer began to interrupt to see if he was right, but he assured her that “it just takes me time.”

“It’s just not the same. That isn’t what we fought for,” Dekel added. “I shouldn’t be worried about it, I guess. I’m 100 years old, they say.”

Dekel served as a Marine in World War II, and told the outlet that he would fight enlist again if he were a young man today and the country were attacked.

“It was an honor for me to serve my country and if I had to do it again and I was the same age,” said Dekel. “I would do it. I guarantee you.”

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“They shipped me straight out to Guantánamo, which was a Navy base, and put me in a machine gun company,” Dekel recounted. He told the Fox 13 that he’s most proud of his Silver Star, his “pride and joy.”

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    Mr Mustashe

    July 4, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Carl Dekel says that the word “hand basket” is actually one word!

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    Eric Anthony

    July 4, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Mssrs. Smartjob and Mustache pretty much prove Sgt. Dekel’s premise. They apparently have no idea or respect for the level of motivation and sacrifice it takes to earn an award like the Silver Star. Likewise with the policies our idiot “President” to whom Wokeness is more important than readiness, there soon may not be a Marine Corps worthy of Sgt. Dekel’s re-enlistment.

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      Mr Mustashe

      July 4, 2022 at 9:23 pm

      You need to be in mental hospital! Curse your words!

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    July 5, 2022 at 2:27 am

    All is not lost. I agree with Mr. Carl Dekel that the US seems on a misguided path, but there have been threats before. Remember the “Green Corn Rebellion” in 1917 which looked to start a socialist revolution? The 60’s radicals thought they would lead a revolution to bring socialism/Communism into the USA; they also failed. I respect the current leftist/Communist/Democrat attacks on USA rights and freedoms and know that eternal vigilance and struggle are the price of continuing freedom. But I also think the American people are awakening to the threats to justice and education systems under attack in this country; I think the American people will respond with vigor and votes to retake control and maintain American traditions and integrity.

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