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WWII Vet Dies at 107

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WWII Vet Dies at 107

The men and women who fought in World War II are disappearing. Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, and according to the Pew Research Center there are just one million American WWII veterans still alive out of the 16 million who served. That number continues to dwindle with each passing year, and this week saw the death of one of the war’s oldest combatants.

Roscoe Cassidy, 107, died on Oct. 21 in Bath County, Kentucky. Cassidy was the oldest WWII veteran in Kentucky and the second-oldest WWII veteran in the country. He served as a combat engineer and earned four Bronze Stars, according to WTVQ in Lexington. After the war, Cassidy settled down in Bath County, where he worked as a farmer and for the Bath County Road Department, according to the Richardson Funeral Home. He was something of a local legend, his son Mike told Lex18.com, who loved whittling, moonshine and dancing.

Mike Cassidy also told the station his father was afraid that, since he had outlived so many of his friends, no one would be left to attend his funeral. To address Roscoe’s fears, the family is inviting the general public to attend Cassidy’s funeral. The service will be held Oct. 25 at the Richardson Funeral Home, 121 E. Main St. in Owingsville, KY, 40360. Call 606.674.2922 for more information.

If you can’t attend in person, visit Roscoe’s Guest Book to pay your respects and share his story with your loved ones.

Read about Roscoe Cassidy’s funeral here