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: Mesquite Animal Control Officers Rescue 111 Dogs From Deplorable Conditions
The community celebrated his dedication and service to his country.
Magellas led a U.S. Army platoon with the 82nd Airborne Division.READ MORE: Yes, Your Allergies Are Probably Acting Up As DFW Ranks At Top Of Worst Cities For Pollen
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: Texas Lawmakers Propose New Congressional Maps That Would Fortify GOP Advantages
Magellas’ honors fill the walls of his home, a reflection of the title he holds as “the most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne.”