95-Year-Young WWII Veteran To Beat World Record He Set Himself

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Things can get a bit slow when you’re approaching your 100th year of life, and for Ernie Andrus, that was truer than ever. Getting restless, he picked up running as a way to pass time and stay fit, but that didn’t really do it for him. He wanted a real challenge. He wanted to do something different.

For this reason, in 2016 Ernie became the oldest person to run across the United States, hitting St. Simmons Island, Georgia when he was 93. Immediately after completing his challenge (and with people screaming and greeting him at his finish line), he felt like he was already “fading into history.”  Although he was the oldest person in the world to accomplish this feat, he decided to do it again.

A World War II era LST, much like the one Ernie served on. | Lt. C.H. Parnall / Public Domain

Now 95, Ernie is gearing up to basically compete against himself. He’s going to dedicate his run the World War II ship he served on, and also fundraise money to keep it maintained. “This shouldn’t be forgotten. A ship is like a person. We call it the ‘grey lady…’ it’s part of my soul.”

You can see the full CBS Evening News report below which included a short, yet informative interview with Ernie.

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