Gresham WWII veteran turns 100
A parade of loved ones and well-wishers passed by a local World War II veteran who celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday, June 20.
Francisco Villavicencio, 100, was surrounded by his children, grandchildren and neighbors as he took in a surprise parade for his milestone birthday. There was a bagpipe player, who stopped to play the birthday song, as well as a long line of police cars and friends honking their horns for Villavicencio.
"Thank you all so much," he said with a beaming smile.
Villavicencio served as a Corporal in the Army Air Corps from April 1943 to February 1946. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, during the war. He has lived in Gresham since 1970, working for Trimet for almost a decade. He also was a laboratory technician in Portland and worked as a security guard for various facilities around the region. Villavicencio officially retired in 2000.
He has been a member of the American Legion for three decades. During the ceremony, officers with the Gresham Veterans' of Foreign Wars Post 180 presented Villavicencio with a membership to their organization, as well as an honorary plaque and medal commemorating his serving and 100 year birthday.
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