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Martinsburg VAMC honors former POW Veterans 100th birthday

Former POW “Dusty” Rhodes
Former POW “Dusty” Rhodes shown here with his new U.S. Army hat during his 100th birthday party at the Martinsburg VAMC.

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) is always excited to share in the special moments of the Veterans they serve life, and this milestone was no different as staff jumped at the opportunity to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of its treasured Community Living Center (CLC) residents.

The medical center is honored to be home to Donald “Dusty” Rhodes, a U.S. Army Veteran who spent six months as a Prisoner of War before being sent to the Battle of the Bulge.

The Battle of the Bulge occurred in late 1944, during the wake of the Allied forces’ successful D-Day invasion of Normandy. Characterized by extremely cold conditions, the courage and determination of Mr. Rhodes and his comrades was tested against great adversity.

Ultimately the greatest generation prevailed, and Mr. Rhodes returned stateside to build a life with his wife, Ruth “Betty” Rhodes, who lives a short distance away at a retirement community in Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes have five children, three of which were able to be present for the celebration that included a Quilts of Valor presentation.

The Martinsburg VAMC is honored to be the health care facility of choice for Mr. Rhodes and the other Veterans they are privileged to serve. Happy birthday, Mr. Rhodes!

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