May 27, 2022

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Oldest living naval aviator celebrates 100th birthday

ENCINITAS – Retired Admiral Doniphan ‘Don’ Brown Shelton celebrated his 100th birthday together with household and close friends at the American Legion Publish 416 in Encinitas on Saturday. 

Admiral Don Shelton says his mystery to residing a very long and balanced everyday living was his mother.  

“My mystery was my mother was smarter than I was,” stated Admiral Shelton. “I assume I was intelligent more than enough to get my smarts from her.” 

Admiral Shelton is the oldest dwelling Navy aviator and is element of the Biggest Generation serving in Earth War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  

“He is humble sort of to a fault whilst you read through his resume and go ‘oh my god’ – the person has carried out so many items, he has command all the way to the two stars, he was dependable for the evacuating of Vietnam when the civilians experienced to depart,” reported Ed Riley, American Legion Submit 416 member.  

Admiral Shelton gained recognitions and birthday wishes from all more than the globe, together with from Pope Francis, President Joe Biden, and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels . 

“Dear Admiral Shelton we wish you a 100th birthday and thank you for your 40 yrs of your most distinguished company in the United States Navy…sincerely Joe Biden,” read Shelton.  

Admiral Shelton recalling 1 of his proudest moments in the navy when he rescued 43,000 Vietnamese refugees by Subic Bay in the Philippines among April and August of 1975.  

 “It was a wonderful working experience and I usually file it as probably the ideal encounter I had when I was in the navy,” said Shelton. 

One more day Shelton suggests he will never forget, is the day he joined the United States Navy.  

“I went to Del Mar on the practice in 1939 and I looked up below and I said ‘boy this is one great minimal town’,” explained Shelton. 

Now retired Admiral Shelton claims he appreciates all the buddies that have trapped with him over the a long time.  

“It displays that if you have pals that will adhere by you and I enjoy it that – all these men and women are my pals some are relatives,” stated Shelton.  

Shelton’s advice to the younger generation: “Play it straight, imagine about what you want to do and do it proper and do it usually, and permit everything consider care of you.”