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Milwaukee Army Veteran to celebrate 100-year birthday on VA grounds
June 1, 2022
, WI — Clarence Hale Jr., a Milwaukee native and Army Veteran, will celebrate his 100th birthday from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Lake Wheeler Pavilion on the Milwaukee VA grounds. Media are invited to cover the event.
Hale served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1941-1945. During his military tour, he worked with the Allied forces in Belgium, England, France, Germany and Luxemburg. He was honorably discharged after earning the rank of corporal, and took coursework paid for by the GI Bill to become an electrician. At the time, he could not get an electrician’s license because apprenticeships were only allowed to white men. Hale worked at Allis Chalmers and owned several businesses, working well into his 90s. The Veteran is known for his beautiful voice; he sang in several choirs in Milwaukee.
The City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County have proclaimed June 4, 2022, as Clarence Hale Jr. Day. The Veteran will celebrate outside with his family and some of the Milwaukee VA nursing staff. Though media are invited, the event is CLOSED to the public.
TIME AND DATE: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 4
LOCATION: Lake Wheeler Pavilion, VA campus, 5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee (media who RSVP may park in the lot next to the pavilion)
COVID restrictions: Media are asked to wear masks and keep a 6-foot distance from the Veteran.
Media – if you are interested in covering the event, please contact Dave Walter at at 414-865-1954 (cell) or David.Walter@VA.gov