When somebody like Anthony Grant talks, we listen.

By Meghan Overdeep
October 23, 2020
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Anthony Grant WWII Vet
Credit: U.S. Army

Anthony Grant was 22 years old and working as a printer’s apprentice when, on April 22, 1942, he was drafted into the Army.

“I was not scared, but I was nervous, because, in anticipation of what was going on,” he recalled to WAVY of the beginning months of World War II. “I realized that once I got in the Army, my life would change forever.”

And change it did. From the beaches of Normandy to the mountains of Japan, Grant spent the next 21 years as an Army quartermaster, supplying troops on the frontlines of WWII and Korean War battlefields.

Grant worked his way up to Chief Warrant Officer 2. He was offered a commission and retired with the rank of Major in 1963.

During that time, he and his wife Bernadette raised two boys and two girls. Bernadette died in 2015. They were married for 67 years.

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Grant, who lives in Hampton, Virginia, celebrated his 100th birthday in January. According to WAVY, he’s still in relatively good health and possesses a quick wit.

So, does he have a secret to longevity? You bet he does.

“Have a positive mind, have a positive mind,” he told WAVY. “Things will get better tomorrow.”