World War II Vet, 100, Honored by County

Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson, left, presents Edward Weber with a Cape May County resolution Aug. 23.

VILLAS – “I was nicked up a little.”

That was how 100-year-old World War II veteran Edward Weber described his time in combat during the war.

Weber was recognized by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders in honor of his service to the country, not to mention his longevity that included life as a family man and television repairman who made house calls in Philadelphia in the days when televisions were repaired.

Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson presented Weber with a Cape May County resolution at his home on West Miami Avenue in Villas.

Weber spoke about his injured eye from the war that sometimes weeps that makes him “look like a crybaby” he said with a chuckle. 

Pierson told Weber “We think you are the oldest veteran in Cape May County” while thanking him for his 22 years of military service.

According to friends at Angelic Health hospice, Weber was born June 18, 1918. He was drafted into the Army at the age of 24 in 1942.

Weber attended Officers Candidate School and spent the remaining war years in North Africa and Italy in pursuit of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Africa Corps.

Weber was an avid golfer, fisherman, and bowler. He gave up bowling at age 96 after a fall.

Weber is "very talkative, (with a) sharp mind and (he) loves to share his stories,” according to Margie Barham, public relations director of Angelic Health Palliative and Hospice Care.

“I just did what they told me to do,” Weber concluded; “I just thank God I’m still here.”

Angelic Health Palliative and Hospice Care arranged for the presentation as part of its We Honor Veterans Initiative to meet the needs of the men and women who served the nation.

Angelic Health Palliative and Hospice Care partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the We Honor Veterans initiative. The initiative is to improve the care veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers. 

To contact Jim McCarty, email jmccarty@cmcherald.com.

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