Honoring America's bravest: WWII veteran shares his story

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SHINNSTON, W.Va. (WDTV)-- On June 12, 1922 in the small town of Shinnston, the first set of twins arrived. One of those twins would later become known as World War II veteran John Belcastro.

Now at age 95, Belcastro has a lot to look back on. He served in the 10th Armored Division. Belcastro and his fellow servicemen helped liberate France during the war.

During his time in the service, he fought under General George Patton at the Battle of the Bulge, earning numerous military honors including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star for Bravery, and the Legion of Honour by the French Government, which is the highest medal one can receive.

In January of 1946, Belcastro was discharged at Fort Meade, Maryland and returned to work as a coal miner at Robinson Run Mine.

One of his recent memories is visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

Belcastro is also a hometown hero. He was entered into the Lincoln High School Hall of Fame and even has a bridge named in his honor. With very few World War II veterans still around, he said he is grateful.

Belcastro and his wife Sylvia are celebrating 70 years of marriage this year.

He is also a lifelong member of the local VFW and American Legion.

To see our conversation with Belcastro, watch the video above.