A veteran of both World War Two and the Korean War, New Llano resident Samuel Suel celebrated his 100th birthday Friday at the Vernon Council on Aging.
Suel was born on March 9, 1918 in Fullerton, Louisiana. From there, his family moved to Scotlandville, Louisiana.
Suel volunteered and enlisted in the Army Air Force on October 28, 1942.
After 10 weeks of basic training, Suel was assigned to the 2056th Quartermaster Unit, Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma.
The unit was sent to England and attached to 8th Air Force. Suel served in England from 1943 until July 1945.
His unit returned to the US for leave but had orders to go to Japan. The orders were cancelled with the dropping of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Suel completed his enlistment and served until October 1945.
In July 1946, Suel married Mary Watkins of Scotlandville. The family lived in Scotlandville then moved to Granite City, Illinois in 1954. Later they arrived in Vernon Parish in 1963 where they have resided for decades.
Suel and Mary have five children, seven grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren!
Quentin Murray, owner of Veteran’s Place in Leesville said it is amazing that Suel still does everything himself. “He gets up and walks, he cooks, he drives,” Murray said. “He has a really sharp mind and great sense of humor. He’s just a really sweet guy.”
Leesville Mayor Rick Allen said it was an honor to present Suel with a proclamation from the City of Leesville at his 100th birthday party on Friday. “If you want to know what a hero and role model look like, look no further than this man,” Allen said.