FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Curtiss Edward Gilbert is a 96-year-old World War II army vet. He almost didn't live to tell his story.
"I got shot my left arm. I got a lung puncture. I got one in my chest," Gilbert explained.
He served as a medic helping the wounded for four years.
One day he made a life-changing decision to put himself outside the foxhole.
That's when he was shot.
"I passed out. About three days and nights I was out of it. I woke up the nurse was sitting by my side. This was in France. I guess she thought I was going to die. She was sitting by me all the time," he added.
He lived and now he spends his days here at Hamilton Senior Living in Fort Wayne.
He uses music to keep him happy, but not a day goes by when he doesn't reflect on those days.
"I got the Silver Star, the Brown Star, and the Purple Heart. The Silver Star is the third-highest to have," he said.
That's not all. He's also received the European African Middle Eastern Combat Medal, the American World War II Campaign Medal, the American Defense Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
"I thank God I could make it," Gilbert added.
He said every year he gets to celebrate Veterans Day is a blessing.