WWII Veteran celebrates 100th birthday in Rogers

WWII veteran, Cpl. Bart Corricelli, is turning the big 1-0-0 so local marines and police participated in a parade Saturday to mark the golden year.

The parade started at the Paradise Lutheran Church and traveled over the intracoastal waterway before coming to an end at Corricelli’s house in St. Pete.

Cars with decorative signs and patriotic flags filled the streets to celebrate Corricelli. He said one of the best things about turning 100 is that he has all of these friends.

“You don’t live this long being a hateful guy,” the cheerful veteran said.

Corricelli served on many WWII campaigns in the Pacific. He was actually on Iwo Jima when the iconic photo of raising the flag was taken. However, he and other soldiers were at the other end at Motoyama Airfield No. 1 fighting for their lives.