This 97-year-old World War II Veteren, Bartholomeo “Bennie” Ficeto, is still going strong and working two shifts per week at a New Jersey supermarket.
Bennie once served as a fighter plane gunner during World War II, and he now helps customers checkout at a Stop and Shop in Edison, New Jersey.
He told Fox News “I’m going for 100”, and noted that he does not even take his daily 15-minute break.
Bennie wears his B-25 Mitchell bomber hat to work everyday. He described combat as very dangerous, and stated that he did not think he would make it home. He said “the day I didn’t fly out, they shot my plane down.”
Customers at the grocery store share their own stories of service with Ficeto. One customer told him about how he served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and said “Glad you made it back. We both made it home OK.”
The two reminded each other what Memorial Day is all about, “it’s for the people, the men that never came back.”