Everett Gasper, 98, was a U.S. Army Veteran who served during World War II. He enlisted in the Army when he was 19, shortly before Thanksgiving Day in 1941.
He was deployed to the Pacific Theater and shipped to Australia. He served in the 32nd Infantry Division. He was Private First Class and was deployed to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
During the first campaign, Gasper was injured and earned a Purple Heart for injuries. After returning from the war, he worked for the Budd Company for more than 30 years. He is celebrating Purple Heart Day.