List of notable surviving veterans of World War II

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This is a list of notable surviving veterans of World War II (1939–1945). A total of 217 veterans are listed.

A

10 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
S. Daniel Abraham August 15, 1924 Businessman, philanthropist US Army United States 99 years, 305 days
Valdas Adamkus November 3, 1926 President of Lithuania Lithuanian resistance Lithuania 97 years, 225 days
Lee Adams August 14, 1924 Musician US Army United States 99 years, 306 days
Marshall Allen May 25, 1924 Musician US Army United States 100 years, 21 days
Walter Althammer March 12, 1928 Politician Heer Germany 96 years, 95 days
Valérie André April 21, 1922 General, neurosurgeon, aviator French Resistance Free France 102 years, 55 days
Ray Anthony January 20, 1922 Bandleader and trumpeter US Navy United States 102 years, 147 days
George Ariyoshi March 12, 1926 Governor of Hawaii (1974–1986) US Army United States 98 years, 95 days
Stanisław Aronson May 6, 1925 Order of Polonia Restituta recipient Home Army Poland 99 years, 40 days
Austin Asche November 28, 1925 Administrator of the Northern Territory, judge Royal Australian Air Force Australia 98 years, 200 days

B

20 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Vincent Ball December 4, 1923 Actor Royal Australian Air Force Australia 100 years, 194 days
Karlheinz Bauer April 24, 1928 Former head of Bauer Group Heer Germany 96 years, 52 days
William J. Bauer September 15, 1926 Federal judge US Army United States 97 years, 274 days
V. J. Bella July 29, 1927 American politician US Marine Corps United States 96 years, 322 days
Alan Bergman September 11, 1925 Songwriter US Army United States 98 years, 278 days
Rasammah Bhupalan May 1, 1927 Social activist Indian National Army Azad Hind 97 years, 45 days
Walter Bingham January 5, 1924 Journalist British Army United Kingdom 100 years, 162 days
Benjamin B. Blackburn February 14, 1927 Politician US Navy United States 97 years, 122 days
Eric Blackwood December 7, 1921 Aviator Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Air Force

Canada

United Kingdom

102 years, 191 days
Harry Blank May 24, 1925 Politician Canadian Army Canada 99 years, 22 days
Daoud Bokhary January 15, 1920 Businessman British Indian Army British India 104 years, 152 days
Jacques Borker September 29, 1922 Artist French Resistance Free France 101 years, 260 days
Hugo Broch January 6, 1922 World War II flying ace Luftwaffe Germany 102 years, 161 days
Victor Brombert November 11, 1923 Professor US Army United States 100 years, 217 days
Mel Brooks June 28, 1926 Director, actor, producer US Army, Battle of the Bulge United States 97 years, 353 days
Stephen Brown October 3, 1924 Judge Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve United Kingdom 99 years, 256 days
Walt Brown July 28, 1926 Politician US Navy United States 97 years, 323 days
Andrew Bruce, 11th Earl of Elgin February 17, 1924 11th Earl of Elgin British Army, Scots Guards United Kingdom 100 years, 119 days
Arthur E. Bryson October 7, 1925 Control theorist US Navy United States 98 years, 252 days
Charles Burrell October 4, 1920 Musician US Navy United States 103 years, 255 days

C

14 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Gerard Caris March 20, 1925 Artist US Marine Corps United States 99 years, 87 days
Lou Carnesecca January 5, 1925 Basketball coach US Coast Guard United States 99 years, 162 days
Jimmy Carter October 1, 1924 39th U.S. President US Navy United States 99 years, 258 days
Patrick Skene Catling February 14, 1925 Journalist, author Royal Canadian Air Force Canada 99 years, 122 days
Nadia Cattouse November 2, 1924 Actress, singer, songwriter Auxiliary Territorial Service United Kingdom 99 years, 226 days
Robert A. Chase January 6, 1923 Surgeon, professor US Army United States 101 years, 161 days
Tony Christopher, Baron Christopher April 25, 1925 Businessman, trade unionist, tax official Royal Air Force United Kingdom 99 years, 51 days
John B. Cobb February 9, 1925 Theologian, philosopher, environmentalist US Army United States 99 years, 127 days
Marthe Cohn April 13, 1920 Author, spy French Army France 104 years, 63 days
Ena Collymore-Woodstock September 10, 1917 Solicitor, magistrate Auxiliary Territorial Service United Kingdom 106 years, 279 days
Tom Copeland April 17, 1924 Politician US Army United States 100 years, 59 days
John Thomas Copenhaver Jr. September 29, 1925 Federal judge US Army United States 98 years, 260 days
John Cruickshank May 20, 1920 Recipient of the Victoria Cross British Army

Royal Air Force

United Kingdom 104 years, 26 days
Iris Cummings December 21, 1920 Olympic swimmer, Aviator Women Airforce Service Pilots United States 103 years, 177 days

D

13 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Phyllis Dalton October 16, 1925 Costume designer Women's Royal Naval Service United States 98 years, 243 days
Louis Danziger November 17, 1923 Graphic designer, professor US Army United States 100 years, 211 days
Klaus von Dohnanyi June 23, 1928 Politician, First Mayor of Hamburg Volkssturm Germany 95 years, 358 days
Charles Dolan October 16, 1926 Businessman, Philanthropist US Army Air Force United States 97 years, 243 days
Lou Donaldson November 1, 1926 Musician US Navy United States 97 years, 227 days
William I. Donnermeyer Sr. September 19, 1924 Politician US Navy United States 99 years, 270 days
Bruce L. Douglas July 14, 1925 Politician US Navy United States 98 years, 337 days
Karl-Heinz Drews December 22, 1929 General Volkssturm

Wehrmacht

Germany 94 years, 176 days
Roy Drinkard July 12, 1920 Businessman US Marine Corps United States 103 years, 339 days
Charles C. Droz July 8, 1924 Politician US Army United States 99 years, 343 days
Patrick Duffy June 17, 1920 President of the NATO Assembly Fleet Air Arm United Kingdom 103 years, 364 days
Roland Dumas August 23, 1922 Politician, lawyer French Resistance Free France 101 years, 297 days
Winfield Dunn July 1, 1927 Politician; Governor of Tennessee (1971–1975) US Navy United States 96 years, 350 days

E

4 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Alfred Einwag March 18, 1928 Lawyer Heer Germany 96 years, 89 days
Juan Ponce Enrile February 14, 1924 Lawyer Philippine Navy Philippines 100 years, 122 days
Daniel J. Evans October 16, 1925 Politician; 16th Governor of Washington (1965–1977) US Navy United States 98 years, 243 days
Anthony Eyton May 17, 1923 Artist British Army United Kingdom 101 years, 29 days

F

9 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Josef-Gerhard Farkas July 13, 1929 Hungariologist Volkssturm Germany 94 years, 338 days
Edward Field June 7, 1924 Poet, author US Army Air Forces United States 100 years, 8 days
Sergio Flamigni October 22, 1925 Politician, writer Italian Resistance Italian Resistance 98 years, 237 days
James Clayton Flowers December 25, 1915 Pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen United States Army Air Forces United States 108 years, 173 days
Loretta Ford December 28, 1920 Nurse, Academic US Army Air Forces United States 103 years, 170 days
Wieland Förster February 12, 1930 Painter, writer Volkssturm Germany 94 years, 124 days
John S. Foster Jr. September 18, 1922 Physicist US Army Air Forces United States 101 years, 271 days
J. Keith Fraser February 18, 1922 Physical geographer Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Air Force

Canada

United Kingdom

102 years, 118 days
Russell Freeburg March 4, 1923 Editor of the Chicago Tribune US Army United States 101 years, 103 days

G

13 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Arnald Gabriel May 31, 1925 Conductor of the US Air Force Band US Army United States 99 years, 15 days
Samuel Rhea Gammon III January 22, 1924 Ambassador US Army United States 100 years, 145 days
Bernard Garfield May 27, 1924 Bassoonist US Army United States 100 years, 19 days
Stanley Michael Gartler June 9, 1923 Biologist, geneticist US Army Air Forces United States 101 years, 6 days
Eddie Germano November 15, 1924 Cartoonist US Army United States 99 years, 213 days
Roy Gibson July 4, 1924 Aerospace engineer British Army United Kingdom 99 years, 347 days
I. Leo Glasser April 6, 1924 Judge US Army United States 100 years, 70 days
René Henry Gracida June 9, 1923 Bishop Flying Tigers United States 101 years, 6 days
Bill Grayden August 5, 1920 Politician Australian Army Australia 103 years, 315 days
Bill Greason September 3, 1924 Baseball player US Marine Corps United States 99 years, 286 days
Peter Green December 22, 1924 Historian Royal Air Force United Kingdom 99 years, 176 days
Maurice R. Greenberg May 4, 1925 CEO of American International Group (1967–2005) US Army United States 99 years, 42 days
Frank J. Guarini August 20, 1924 Politician; New Jersey Representative (1979–1990) US Navy United States 99 years, 300 days

H

15 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Jürgen Habermas June 18, 1929 Philosopher; sociologist Luftwaffenhelfer Germany 94 years, 363 days
G. Homer Harding December 7, 1925 Politician US Army United States 98 years, 191 days
George Hardy June 8, 1925 Pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen US Army Air Forces United States 99 years, 7 days
Robert Harlow November 19, 1923 Writer, academic Royal Canadian Air Force Canada 100 years, 209 days
Ted Hartley November 6, 1924 Pilot, banker, actor, film producer US Navy United States 99 years, 222 days
Helmut Hauptmann March 12, 1928 Writer Heer Germany 96 years, 95 days
Eric Heath November 23, 1923 Artist Royal New Zealand Air Force New Zealand 100 years, 205 days
John Hemingway July 17, 1919 Pilot, last surviving member of "The Few" from the Battle of Britain Royal Air Force United Kingdom 104 years, 334 days
Józef Hen November 8, 1923 Writer Polish People's Army Poland 100 years, 220 days
Werner Henninger April 7, 1929 Admiral Volkssturm Germany 95 years, 69 days
Laurin L. Henry May 23, 1921 Researcher US Navy United States 103 years, 23 days
Cyril Hilsum May 17, 1925 Physicist, academic Royal Navy United Kingdom 99 years, 29 days
Earl Holliman September 11, 1928 Actor US Navy United States 95 years, 278 days
Tom Hughes November 26, 1923 Politician Royal Australian Air Force Australia 100 years, 202 days
Evan Hultman July 15, 1925 Politician US Army United States 98 years, 336 days

I

1 veteran

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Paul Ignatius November 11, 1920 Government official US Navy United States 103 years, 217 days

J

4 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Stephen A. Jarislowsky September 9, 1925 Businessman, billionaire US Army United States 98 years, 280 days
Dub Jones December 29, 1924 American football player US Navy United States 99 years, 169 days
George Joseph September 11, 1921 Founder of Mercury Insurance Group US Army United States 102 years, 278 days
George Judge May 2, 1925 Professor, econometrician US Army Air Forces United States 99 years, 44 days

K

3 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Sydney Kentridge November 5, 1922 Lawyer, judge South African Army South Africa 101 years, 223 days
Elisabeth Kirkby January 26, 1921 Actress, writer, broadcaster Auxiliary Territorial Service United Kingdom 103 years, 141 days
Helma Kissner December 23, 1923 Accused of war crimes by SWC Wehrmacht Germany 100 years, 175 days

L

11 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Horst Langes December 2, 1928 Member of state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate Wehrmacht Germany 95 years, 196 days
Peter Lax May 1, 1926 Mathematician US Navy United States 98 years, 45 days
Jean Lee July 26, 1924 Only woman of Chinese-Canadian descent to serve in RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division Canada 99 years, 325 days
James Lees February 14, 1924 Maritime expert, curator Royal Navy

British Merchant Navy

United Kingdom 100 years, 122 days
Marv Levy August 3, 1925 Football coach US Army Air Corps United States 98 years, 317 days
Guenter Lewy August 22, 1923 Author, professor British Army United Kingdom 100 years, 298 days
Nina Lobkovskaya March 8, 1925 Sniper Red Army Soviet Union 99 years, 99 days
Ernst Löschner June 20, 1929 Conductor Wehrmacht Germany 94 years, 361 days
Dick Lucas September 10, 1925 Anglican minister Royal Navy United Kingdom 98 years, 279 days
William R. Lucas March 1, 1922 Fourth director of the Marshall Space Flight Center US Navy United States 102 years, 106 days
Bernt H. Lund August 14, 1924 Civil servant, diplomat, politician Norwegian resistance movement Norway 99 years, 306 days

M

30 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Peter Marshall March 30, 1926 TV personality, actor US Army United States 98 years, 77 days
Ray Marshall August 22, 1928 US Secretary of Labor (1977-1981) US Navy United States 95 years, 298 days
Gordon Eugene Martin August 22, 1925 Physicist, author US Navy United States 98 years, 298 days
Ivan Martynushkin January 18, 1924 Last surviving liberator of the Auschwitz concentration camp Red Army Soviet Union 100 years, 149 days
Anthony Mason April 21, 1925 Judge; ninth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia Royal Australian Air Force Australia 99 years, 55 days
Miloslav Masopust September 26, 1924 General 1st Czechoslovak Army Corps in the USSR Czechoslovakia 99 years, 263 days
Joseph Matarazzo November 12, 1925 Psychologist US Navy United States 98 years, 216 days
Robert D. Maurer July 20, 1924 Physicist US Army United States 99 years, 331 days
Charlie Maxwell April 8, 1927 Baseball Player US Army United States 97 years, 68 days
Otto Mayrhofer November 2, 1920 Anaesthetist Wehrmacht Germany 103 years, 226 days
Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow March 20, 1921 Director-general of UNESCO (1974–1987) French Army

Free French Army

French Air Force

France
Free France
103 years, 87 days
Robert McGinnis February 3, 1926 Artist, illustrator US Merchant Marine United States 98 years, 133 days
Francis Terry McNamara November 2, 1927 Diplomat US Navy United States 96 years, 226 days
Kirke Mechem August 16, 1925 Composer US Army United States 98 years, 304 days
Bill Mercer February 13, 1926 Sportscaster, educator, author US Navy United States 98 years, 123 days
Harald Metzkes January 23, 1929 Painter Heer Germany 95 years, 144 days
Ed Mickelson September 9, 1926 Baseball player US Army Air Forces United States 97 years, 280 days
J. William Middendorf September 22, 1924 Diplomat, politician US Navy United States 99 years, 267 days
Jim Miller May 30, 1919 Australian rules football player Australian Army

Royal Australian Air Force

Australia 105 years, 16 days
John H. Miller April 16, 1925 General US Marine Corps United States 99 years, 60 days
Sanford K. Moats December 4, 1921 General US Army Air Forces United States 102 years, 194 days
Gwen Moffat July 3, 1924 Climber, writer Auxiliary Territorial Service United Kingdom 99 years, 348 days
Henry Moore November 2, 1923 Bishop of Cyprus and The Gulf British Army

British Indian Army

United Kingdom

British India

100 years, 226 days
Shigehiro Mori January 7, 1928 General; Chief of the Joint Staff of the JSDF (1986–1987), Chief of Staff, JASDF (1983–1986) Imperial Japanese Army Japan 96 years, 160 days
Edgar Morin July 8, 1921 Philosopher, sociologist French Resistance Free France 102 years, 343 days
Georg Müller October 1, 1930 Mineralogist Hitlerjugend Germany 93 years, 258 days
Sumio Murai February 24, 1925 General; Chief of the Joint Staff of the JSDF (1983–1984), Chief of Staff, JGSDF (1981–1983) Imperial Japanese Army Japan 99 years, 112 days
Tomiichi Murayama March 3, 1924 Japanese Prime Minister Imperial Japanese Army Japan 100 years, 104 days
David H. Murdock April 11, 1923 Businessman, billionaire US Army United States 101 years, 65 days
David Musuguri January 4, 1920 Chief of the Tanzania People's Defence Force (1980–1988) British Army United Kingdom 104 years, 163 days

N

6 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Bill Nankivell September 7, 1923 Politician Royal Australian Air Force Australia 100 years, 282 days
Lucien Nedzi May 28, 1925 Politician US Army United States 99 years, 18 days
Joe Negri June 10, 1926 Musician, educator US Army United States 98 years, 5 days
Frederick M. Nicholas May 30, 1920 Lawyer US Army United States 104 years, 16 days
George Nigh June 9, 1927 Politician; 17th and 22nd governor of Oklahoma (1963, 1979–1987) US Navy United States 97 years, 6 days
Peter L. Nissen January 8, 1924 Aviator and businessman Norwegian resistance movement

Royal Norwegian Air Force

Norway 100 years, 159 days

O

3 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Jiro Ono October 27, 1925 Sushi Chef Japanese Imperial Army Japan 98 years, 232 days
Edward Ormondroyd October 8, 1925 Author US Navy United States 98 years, 251 days
Donald Owens September 12, 1926 General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene US Army United States 97 years, 277 days

P

4 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Victor Parsonnet August 29, 1924 Surgeon US Navy Reserve United States 99 years, 291 days
Johnny Pate December 5, 1923 Bass player, arranger US Army; played with the 218th AGF Army Band United States 100 years, 193 days
John Peoples August 26, 1926 President of Jackson State University US Marine Corps United States 97 years, 294 days
Jack Petchey July 19, 1925 Businessman Royal Navy United Kingdom 98 years, 332 days

R

9 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Dennis V. Razis May 30, 1923 Oncologist Greek Resistance Greece 101 years, 16 days
Madeleine Riffaud August 23, 1924 Poet, journalist, war correspondent French Resistance Free France 99 years, 297 days
Basil Rigg August 12, 1926 Cricket player Australian Army Australia 97 years, 308 days
Fred Risser May 5, 1927 Politician US Navy United States 97 years, 41 days
John Roberts April 4, 1924 Admiral Royal Navy United Kingdom 100 years, 72 days
Arthur Rock August 19, 1926 Businessman, investor US Army United States 97 years, 301 days
Alan Rogers December 31, 1924 Football manager Royal Navy United Kingdom 99 years, 167 days
Richard Rohmer January 24, 1924 Military writer; Ultimatum Royal Canadian Air Force Canada 100 years, 143 days
Philip Ruppe September 29, 1926 United States Congressman V-12 Navy College Training Program United States 97 years, 260 days

S

24 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Howard F. Sachs September 13, 1925 Judge US Navy United States 98 years, 276 days
Agadadash Samedov March 10, 1924 Order of Glory recipient Red Army Soviet Union 100 years, 97 days
Frank Saucier May 28, 1926 Baseball player US Navy United States 98 years, 18 days
Norman Scarth October 1925 Blogger, political candidate Royal Navy United Kingdom 98 years, 228 days to 98 years, 258 days
Art Schallock April 25, 1924 Baseball player US Navy United States 100 years, 51 days
Harold Zvi Schiffrin September 26, 1922 Professor US Army United States 101 years, 263 days
Rolf Schimpf November 14, 1924 German television actor Heer Germany 99 years, 214 days
Walter Franz Schleser October 25, 1930 Representative of the Vereinigung Heimatvertriebener Deutscher Studenten Volkssturm Germany 93 years, 234 days
Helmut Schlesinger September 4, 1924 President of the Deutsche Bundesbank Heer Germany 99 years, 285 days
Wolfgang Schumann June 5, 1929 Member of Landtag of Rhineland-Palatinate Wehrmacht Germany 95 years, 10 days
Vic Seixas August 30, 1923 Tennis player US Army Air Forces United States 100 years, 290 days
Sen Sōshitsu XV April 19, 1923 Hereditary master of the Urasenke chanoyu school Imperial Japanese Navy Japan 101 years, 57 days
Ralph Senensky May 1, 1923 TV director, writer US Army United States 101 years, 45 days
Doc Severinsen July 7, 1927 Trumpeter US Army United States 96 years, 344 days
Bobby Shantz September 26, 1925 Baseball player US Army United States 98 years, 263 days
Charles Norman Shay June 27, 1924 Penobscot tribal elder, writer US Army United States 99 years, 354 days
Robert G. Shulman March 3, 1924 Biophysicist US Navy United States 100 years, 104 days
Władysław Siemaszko June 8, 1919 Author, Lawyer Home Army Poland 105 years, 7 days
Edward H. Sims May 29, 1923 Author US Army Air Forces United States 101 years, 17 days
Richard T. Spooner September 10, 1926 Author US Marine Corps United States 97 years, 279 days
Irena Stankiewicz February 28, 1925 Graphic artist Home Army Poland 99 years, 108 days
Willis H. Stephens June 7, 1925 Politician US Army Air Forces United States 99 years, 8 days
Heinz Stöcker January 22, 1929 General Volkssturm Germany 95 years, 145 days
Fritz Streletz September 28, 1926 General Wehrmacht Germany 97 years, 261 days

T

4 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Sulev Tailo December 2, 1920 Poet, artist Finnish Army Finland 103 years, 196 days
Dan Tolkowsky January 17, 1921 Commander of the Israeli Air Force Royal Air Force United Kingdom 103 years, 150 days
Aldo Tortorella July 10, 1926 Journalist, politician Italian Resistance Italian Resistance 97 years, 341 days
James Wesley Turpin December 18, 1927 Founder of Project Concern International, physician, activist US Navy United States 96 years, 180 days

U

1 veteran

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Yosh Uchida April 1, 1920 Sports businessman, entrepreneur, engineer US Army United States 104 years, 75 days

V

3 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Dick Van Dyke December 13, 1925 Actor and comedian US Army Air Corps United States 98 years, 185 days
Enrico Vanzini November 18, 1922 Holocaust survivor; last Italian sonderkommando Royal Italian Army Italy 101 years, 210 days
Thomas Franklin Vaughns July 7, 1920 Pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen United States Army Air Force United States 103 years, 344 days

W

8 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Herbert Wahler December 10, 1921 Accused of war crimes by SWC Einsatzgruppe Germany 102 years, 188 days
Joe Wallach September 10, 1923 Businessman US Army United States 100 years, 279 days
William H. Webster March 6, 1924 3rd F.B.I. Director, 10th C.I.A. Director and Chairperson of the Homeland Security Advisory Council US Navy United States 100 years, 101 days
G. William Whitehurst March 12, 1925 Politician US Navy United States 99 years, 95 days
Charley Winner July 2, 1924 Football player US Army Air Forces United States 99 years, 349 days
Louis Witten April 13, 1921 Theoretical physicist US Army Air Forces United States 103 years, 63 days
Woody Woodbury February 9, 1924 Comedian, actor US Marine Corps United States 100 years, 127 days
Oscar Wyatt July 11, 1924 Businessman US Army Air Corps United States 99 years, 340 days

X

1 veteran

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Alex Xydias March 22, 1922 Auto racing driver US Army Air Forces United States 102 years, 85 days

Y

1 veteran

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Barbara Yeaman December 16, 1924 Conservationist Women Airforce Service Pilots United States 99 years, 182 days

Z

3 veterans

Veteran Born Notability Service Country Age
Franklin B. Zimmerman June 20, 1923 Musicologist, conductor US Army United States 100 years, 361 days
Zou Jiahua October 1926 Politician National Revolutionary Army Republic of China 97 years, 228 days to 97 years, 258 days
Leszek Żukowski February 11, 1929 President of World Association of Home Army Soldiers Gray Ranks Poland 95 years, 125 days