105-year-old veteran shares key to living a long, happy life – WXII12 Winston-Salem

We are just three days away from Veterans Day. WXII visited with a very special World War II veteran, who turned 105 years old one month ago on Oct. 8.
We are just three days away from Veterans Day. WXII visited with a very special World War II veteran, who turned 105 years old one month ago on Oct. 8.
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We are just three days away from Veterans Day. WXII visited with a very special World War II veteran, who turned 105 years old one month ago on Oct. 8.
Honoring our nation’s heroes.
We are just three days away from Veterans Day.
WXII visited with a very special World War II Veteran, who turned 105 years old a month ago today on Oct. 8.
Joseph Sosa says as far as his secret to living a long life — well, it’s just pure luck.
“It’s just luck,” Sosa said. “I wonder why, you know? I didn’t do anything special. I wasn’t a health nut. I just wake up every morning.”
After living for more than a century now, you can imagine that Sosa has some pretty interesting stories to tell.
“I did dangerous things,” he said. “Flying, a lot of cadets got killed in training. There were close calls at the fire department — that was a tough job.”
Sosa served in World War II for several years, flying five different aircraft. He had wanted to fly since he was just a little boy.
“I loved flying,” he said. “Growing up after the first World War and hearing stories about the pilots and glamour.”
Sosa had a long career as a first responder.
He was a captain for the New York Fire Department. In fact, he was one of the first fire captains of Hispanic descent.
Sosa also served as a corrections officer and graduated from the police academy.
WXII asked if he ever imagined he would live to be 105 years old.
“No,” Sosa said. “Well, certainly, all those years, I was scared I would have a heart attack like everybody else.”
As far as any advice to younger generations, Sosa says to stay away from smoking. He was never a smoker.
“One big thing: I never smoked,” Sosa said.
When it comes to the last 105 years, Sosa credits it all back to simply being lucky.
“And jumping out of windows, trapped buildings — the usual things you do in the fire department,” he said. “But luck, luck, luck.”
Sosa got married to his wife, Anna, at the age of 18. They were married for 77 years.
Sosa says being married to Anna for nearly 80 years could be the real key to living such a long, happy life.
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