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A 100-year-old World War II veteran participated in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. 

Retired Col. Charles E. McGee joined the army in 1942, completing 136 combat missions with the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII before serving in the US Air Force for 30 years. He now resides in Bethesda, Maryland. 

According to the Baltimore Sun, in December of 2019, McGee received an honorary promotion changing his rank from colonel to brigadier general, and celebrated his 100th birthday. But this weekend, McGee was able to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII with the NFL by appearing on national television alongside Retired Staff Sgt. Odón Sanchez Cardenas, Lt. Col. Samuel Lombardo and Cpl. Sidney Walton, as the 49ers won the coin toss. 

McGee credits “thinking positive and the good Lord’s many blessings,” for his long life. 

“We human beings are just one small aspect in a mighty grand world, he said to WTOP.


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