Local WWII vet John Lugrine celebrates 100th birthday, honored by many

World War II US Army Air Corp veteran John Lugrine celebrated his 100th birthday on October 16, and he was by no means alone.

Lugrine’s life and service was honored by Rockledge Fire Company, Cheltenham Fire Company, the Philadelphia Fire Department, the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police officers, Patriot Motorcycle Club, the Marine Corp League, Drexel University Army ROTC, local politicians, and fellow residents.

The celebration took place at The Philadelphia Protestant Home and included a drive-by parade and a special appearance by State Rep. Jared Solomon.

A member of the “Greatest Generation,” Lugrine enlisted in the United States’ armed forces following the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack and flew multiple combat missions in the Pacific.