IRVING, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – He is living history.
World War II veteran James “Maggie” Magellas of Colleyville, turned 103 years old on Tuesday.READ MORE: New Memorial Wall Honors Dallas K9 Officers, Mounted Horses That Died In Line Of Duty
The community celebrated his dedication and service to his country.
Magellas led a U.S. Army platoon with the 82nd Airborne Division.READ MORE: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Spends Over $240,000 On Facebook Advertising In Last Two Months
His heroism is documented in World War II archives and on Wednesday, Irving’s Tribute to Valor Foundation recognized his accomplishments and his sacrifice.
A survivor of the Wöbbelin Concentration Camp showed up to thank Magellas for freeing him from Nazi oppression and slaughter 75 years ago.
Singer Tony Orlando was at the celebration along with actor John Ratzenberger who played Magellas in the movie “A Bridge Too Far” in 1977.MORE NEWS: 2 Teens Arrested, Warrant Issued For 16-Year-Old Connected To Multiple Robberies
Magellas’ honors fill the walls of his home, a reflection of the title he holds as “the most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne.”