Former POW celebrates 105th birthday in southwest Missouri
Floyd McComas is a man who knows a lot about life.
“You have good times, you have bad times, but you’ve got to be determined and roll with the punches,” said McComas.
Which he has, for more than a century.
Here, as he celebrates his 105th birthday, family members and friends surround him in awe.
“I’ve never known anyone like him,” said his nephew Steven Dean. “The caliber of his self, he’s just unbelievable.”
“Full of life at 105, it just gives you goose bumps, it gives you hope,” said his great niece, Tiffany Hill.
It’s been a long journey for mccomas, and an unconventional one. A furniture maker from kansas city, he enlisted in the army during World War II. While stationed in Europe, German forces captured him, holding him a prisoner of war for six months.
Those who know McComas well, including fellow veteran Charles Martin, say he’s only walked along a noble path.
“He never bragged on himself or said anything against anybody in any way,” said Martin.
When asked about his secret, his family says it’s living by his own rules, such as when he applied for a new drivers license at age 99.
“And the lady asked him ‘do you want a one year license or a three year license?’ and he said ‘good god lady, I’m almost 100-years-old and you’re going to give me a three years drivers license?'” said Dean.
But here at his celebration, after sitting on a Harley Davidson motorcycle for the first time at age 105, McComas says he has no secret. Life always has been, and continues to be, about moving forward, every day.
“I don’t particularly dream,” said McComas. “Who’d every dream that i’d be innocent and trying to sit on a motorcycle. But I found it.”