Happy birthday, Joe Bell
July 5, 2014 8:28 PM   Subscribe

World War II veteran Joe Bell — who gained internet fame when a video of runners shaking his hand went viral — was honored as grand marshal in the San Jose 4th of July Parade yesterday; he led the parade in a motorcycle sidecar driven by his son, Matt.

"Many applauding spectators got out of their chairs and off street curbs as Bell rode past." He was one of several veterans at the parade.

Bell celebrated his 95th birthday Thursday, the day before the parade. Here's a present for you, Joe: your own baseball card.

posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome (2 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Holy fuck - we're running on empty of veterans from the second world war and it makes me feel old, despite being born 35 years to the day after the US formally got involved in the mess of an event.
posted by item at 10:44 PM on July 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Completely without irony, I stand and salute Joe Bell and all who served.
posted by SPrintF at 8:20 AM on July 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

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